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Changes Needed For The Minnesota Wild

from Chip Scoggins of the Star Tribune,

The Wild has appeared in the playoffs six consecutive seasons, one of only three NHL teams that can claim that accomplishment. Those six appearances also ended with quick exits.

Wild owner Craig Leipold must decide if he’s content with regular-season consistency or fed up with playoff flops. This feels like a crossroads moment for Leipold and his organization.

Frustration is boiling within his fan base. Leipold has two choices: Stay the course and hope things will be different next season, or make major changes in management and/or roster construction, to the extent that salary cap and contract restrictions allow for it.

Certain facts are indisputable. A team needs 16 wins in the postseason to hoist the Stanley Cup. The Wild has 15 playoff wins total since Leipold committed $196 million to sign Zach Parise and Ryan Suter in July 2012.

So 15 wins in eight playoff series combined covering those six postseason appearances.

That’s not close to winning a championship.

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The Minnesota Wild Had No Answers For The Winnipeg Jets

from Sarah McLellan of the Star Tribune,

This incarnation of the Wild will be remembered for its resilience, as it had a knack for rebounding when adversity — from injuries, inconsistency and inexperience – threatened to undermine it.

And while that plucky perseverance headlined its pursuits in 2017-18, it wasn’t the last impression made by the group.

The Wild was crushed by the Jets 5-0 in Game 5 Friday in front of 15,321 at Bell MTS Place, ending its season while Winnipeg moved on to the second round after cruising to a 4-1 series win — the franchise’s first — in the best-of-seven set.

“It’s really disappointing,” center Matt Cullen said. “I don’t think that’s indicative of the kind of team that we have.”

This wasn’t an unexpected result.

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The Minnesota Wild Face Elimination After A Tough Loss To The Winnipeg Jets

from Sarah McLellan of the Star Tribune,

This first-round series between the Wild and Jets was expected to be physical, and the action so far has lived up to that billing.

But the tension on the ice escalated to a new level Tuesday, with center Eric Staal absorbing a cross-check to the neck from Jets defenseman Josh Morrissey – a sequence that went unpenalized, a tough break for the Wild that ended up as a crucial turning point in an eventual 2-0 loss that pushes the team to the edge of elimination with the Jets ahead in the best-of-seven tilt 3-1.

"It cost us the game," coach Bruce Boudreau said.

During a Wild power play in the first period, Staal was cross-checked by Morrissey in the middle of the slot. He fell to the ice and struggled to get up before heading for the bench.

There was no penalty called.

“He apologized,” Staal said of the official. “I’m not looking for an apology. I’m in the middle of the game. Why would I want an apology? It’s frustrating. It is what it is. Tough. I’m all for playing hard. I love it. It’s part of the game, but that wasn’t a good play. We have to find a way anyway. I had enough looks to get a goal and to get it tied up. It didn’t happen so it’s not a good feeling.”

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Video- Nasty Cross-Check To Eric Staal’s Head

No penalty call on Josh Morrissey.

 

 

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Zach Parise Week-To-Week With A Fractured Sternum

ST. PAUL - Minnesota Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher today announced that forward Zach Parise will miss tonight's game and is week-to-week due to a fractured sternum suffered in Game 3 vs. Winnipeg.

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It’s A Series Again Between The Winnipeg Jets And Minnesota Wild

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

“Well I think everybody knows, if we lose Game 3, how difficult it is,” said Wild head coach Bruce Boudreau. “I think desperation is the best word. When we’re down 0-2 it’s still a big hurdle. They will be a lot better next game.”

Suddenly there are two teams in this series, not just one, with a Game 4 on tap for Tuesday that will likely define everything we love about playoff hockey.

“This win, this gives us a lot of confidence. We can beat this team,” declared Wild winger Marcus Foligno. “That team’s skilled. And they’re big. They’re fast and strong. They’re a heck of a team. Now it moves to Game 4 where we have an opportunity to tie the series.”

The opponent is off the mat, Jets fans, but don’t fret. It was inevitable. Your team wasn’t going to go 16-0, and they’ll likely still win this series. It just won’t happen before Wednesday.

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The Winnipeg Jets Just May Be Better Than The Minnesota Wild

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

“Listen, we’re tryin’.”

Minnesota Wild head coach Bruce Boudreau stood in that unenviable, impossible spot behind the podium after a 4-1 loss in Winnipeg, trying to explain a game that saw his team’s shot totals descend from nine in the first period, to five in the second, to three in the final stanza.

The Winnipeg Jets had just kicked Minnesota’s hind ends to Portage and Main and back, and there was Boudreau, fielding the questions about what plan he had to turn the battleship around in time for Game 3 on Sunday.

The problem is, there’s no real answer.

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The Winnipeg Jets Finally Win A Playoff Game

from Roy MacGregor of the Globe and Mail,

Patrik Laine confessed he had “no idea what to expect.”

How could he? The teenage superstar of the Winnipeg Jets – 44 goals in the regular season – is only in his second year with the NHL club.

Last year, the Jets, as usual, missed the postseason entirely.

In fact, since relocating here in 2011 – they were previously the Atlanta Thrashers – they have only played once in the Stanley Cup playoffs. They have not only never won a series, they have never won a game.

All that changed on Wednesday night when the Jets came from behind to claim a 3-2 victory on a late goal from journeyman defenceman Joe Morrow.

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The Minnesota Wild A Big Underdog In Their Series With The Winnipeg Jets

from Chip Scoggins of the Star Tribune,

Probably not too many people outside of Minnesota’s borders are picking the Wild to advance. This will be a tall order, especially with star defenseman Ryan Suter sidelined by injury.

The meter is running for the Wild, though. This is the team’s sixth consecutive playoff appearance. None have extended beyond the second round. The past two trips ended in the first round, including last season in five games against St. Louis, despite the Wild being favored after recording the best regular season in team history.

The cup-half-full view is that the Wild keeps giving itself a chance by becoming a playing regular. The cup-half-empty view is that time is ticking for its nucleus of veterans — and Fletcher’s hand-picked roster — to put it all together for a deep run.

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A Four Goal Night For Dustin Brown In A 5-4 OT Win Over The Minnesota Wild

from Curtis Zupke of the LA Times,

"It's definitely something I've never done before." Brown said. "It's nice, and to do it [while] we try to climb the standings. It's a big win for us. Ultimately, the most important thing is just climbing."

"He's been terrific," Kings coach John Stevens said of Brown. "He and Kopi have really led the charge up front. I say that not just because he got four goals. That's as good as Brownie's played in a long time."

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