Somehow, this Minnesota Wild team are on a win streak. We know, we find it extremely weird as well.
After handing the Washington Capitals a big-time loss by a score of 5-3 -- keeping them at bay and preventing a late-game comeback to ruin their lead -- the Wild have now won their last three games and find themselves ... well, still at the bottom of the standings.
No matter how much they scratch and claw and get points here and there, the hill that the Wild are going to have to climb might as well be Mount Everest to a toddler. Even with three consecutive wins and feeling good, the Wild are one point behind the St. Louis Blues, who also have two games in-hand, and have also won their last two games. And the Blues are still three points out of a Wild Card spot themselves.
There are so many teams who are having better seasons ahead of the Wild who aren't even in a playoff spot.
Right now, every point the Wild are earning are probably going to be hated by every member of the fan base at the end of the season. Each point representing less of a chance to draft a game-changer like Macklin Celebrini or anyone else in the top-three selections. It just feels like the Wild are delaying the inevitable.
- It's not often that a rookie defenseman has his two mentors on the blue line go down with injuries for a significant amount of time, and then he has to lead the team from the back on his own for a while. Brock Faber had to do that and has made the most of it. [Hockey Wildereness]
- An extended look at the Wild's 5-3 win over the Capitals at home on Tuesday night. [The Hockey News]
- Joel Eriksson Ek has been Mr. Consistent, and has yet again hit the 20-goal mark as one of the best two-way forwards in the game. [The Athletic]
Off the trail...
- A look into how NHL teams pick their captains. [ESPN]
- Thanks to their goaltending getting back to average and not absolutely terrible, the Edmonton Oilers just keep on winning and are really staking a claim to going on a deep playoff run. [Sportsnet]
- Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Carter Hart elected for a leave of absence from the team, citing personal reasons.[Broad Street Hockey]
Think you could write a story like this? Hockey Wilderness wants you to develop your voice, find an audience, and we'll pay you to do it. Just fill out this form.