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Playoff Talk In Minnesota

from Chip Scoggins of the StarTribune,

“We’re in a very good spot right now,” Yeo said without a hint of sarcasm. “We can all talk about how we’ve arrived here, but the bottom line is, our group has worked very hard and sacrificed an awful lot to get us in this position. We should be proud of that.”

That’s one way to look at things. The other side sees the sky falling.

The Wild remains in desperation mode, clinging to seventh place in the Western Conference standings. A 3-6-1 record in the past 10 games has put the team’s postseason bid in jeopardy as a cloud of tension hovers over the entire organization.

“It’s stressful, but there’s nothing like it,” Zach Parise said. “Just the reward when you win. There’s nothing like the playoffs. It’s incredible. We’ve got to get there.”

Maybe we miscalculated this team’s potential in the afterglow of a $196 million acquisition of Parise and Ryan Suter last summer, but did anyone really expect to see this team huffing and puffing and wheezing as it stumbles to clinch one of the final playoff spots? Wasn’t a playoff berth sort of the minimum expectation with this crew? Instead, it’s become a source of anxiety.

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TreKronor's avatar

It’s similar to last year, where they started the season very strong, and slowly fell out of playoff positioning.  If MN makes the playoffs, it’s a great example of a main imperfection of the shortened season.

Posted by TreKronor on 04/23/13 at 09:50 AM ET

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