The window to rescue their season is starting to slowly close for the Minnesota Wild. After a tumultuous start, the firing of Dean Evason and the hiring of John Hynes, and then a hot-then-cold streak, the Wild now find themselves glacially drifting away from a spot in the playoffs.
On Tuesday night, in a fairly large must-win game -- to at least keep the hope alive and cement some points from a team in the running -- against the Calgary Flames, the Wild didn't have enough gas. Two first-period goals from the visitors put the Wild behind the starting line and then one single Pat Maroon goal wasn't sufficient enough to get them where they wanted to go.
Plus, just for the cherry on top of the ever-growing injury sundae, Marcus Foligno appeared to be hurt and was unable to play. Now a roster without Kirill Kaprizov, Jonas Brodin, Filip Gustavsson, and Mats Zuccarello, might be without another forward for a while.
- Speaking of injuries, just how much have the increasing pile of hurt bodies cost the Wild? Can we really just blame this entire season just on the injuries to key players? [Hockey Wilderness]
- More detailed coverage of the Wild's 3-1 loss to the Flames: [The Hockey News]
- This doesn't look good for ol' Ryan Hartman. Cole Perfetti accused the Wild forward of high-sticking him in the face on purpose, as an act of revenge. [SI]
Off the trail...
- A little update on the race for some trophies. Has Nathan MacKinnon entered his name into the Hart race? [ESPN]
- The Toronto Maple Leafs had high hopes heading into the season, but now their goaltending is questionable. When currently injured netminder Joseph Woll returns, is the pairing of him and Martin Jones enough? [Daily Faceoff]
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