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Playoff Hopes Fading For The Minnesota Wild

from Brian Murphy of the Pioneer Press,

Accountability? Marcus Foligno is demanding it from people above the pay grade of a fourth-line grinder.

Urgency? Bruce Boudreau is out of answers for the Wild’s woeful lack thereof, and he indicted his players without naming names.

Scoring? Zach Parise would just like to have the puck.

What the Wild want and what they are able to give are miles apart at a crucial juncture of their fading season. Thursday night’s listless 4-1 loss to the Dallas Stars at Xcel Energy Center led to some harsh introspection afterward in a sullen dressing room.

A third straight loss plunged Minnesota to 1-6-3 in its past 10 home games, including Monday’s 3-0 shutout loss to San Jose. They have not won in regulation in St. Paul since Jan. 19 and fell five points behind Dallas for a wild-card berth with Arizona lurking in between.

“It pisses you off,” said Foligno. “I’ve only made the playoffs once in my career. To be in a playoff spot for most of the season and now being out of it, it kind of looks like it’s slipping away. We’ve got to figure it out. We still have games left to turn it around, but we keep saying that. We’ve been saying that a lot this year.”

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