They must also steer clear of the penalty box. The biggest mismatch amongst the team in the regular season came on special teams, with Dallas having the edge on both the power play and penalty kill. They also dominated OT, but that won't be a factor here. Put simply the Wild have to show more heart, more passion, more engagement and play like every game is a game 7 in order to take this series. Dallas also has a crushing advantage over the Wild playing on home ice, but this is their first playoff meeting, so those rules may not apply.
This does have all the makings of a trap series for Dallas - on paper they have every reason to win. But the Wild can really prove something big if they are able overcome all of their adversity. Here's a graph depicting the chances of each team winning the series in each amount of games.
Never before has this team so desperately needed to display the eye of the tiger. We Walk.
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