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Minnesota Wild

Venue: Xcel Energy Center | Coach: Mike Yeo
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Wild GM Chuck Fletcher is in the uncomfortable position of wondering if his team should start considering being sellers. There's enough in place to compete in the near future, but it's hard to see a surprise run coming out of Minnesota to make things interesting.
The Wild might have found themselves a goalie in Devan Dubnyk. That's going to help, but the dark cloud hanging over this team does not appear to be leaving anytime soon. It's been a real struggle this year.
Defenseman Ryan Suter said "every day is a bad day" when speaking of his team's recent rough stretch. It seems like head coach Mike Yeo's days are numbered, but the team's problems run deeper than coaching.
The Wild's tailspin this season remains stunning. They're seven points out of the playoffs and have had a dark cloud hanging over them all season. The worst part is that no one in the organization seems to have an answer for it.
It looks less and less likely the Wild are going to turn this around. They've been a strong possession team, but it's not translating to production or wins. They're in a deep hole.
Now that the Sharks have righted the ship, the Wild may be this year's most confounding team. They've been winning a lot of the possession battles, but not nearly enough of the games.
As much as the Jets have surprised, the Wild have been a bit of a disappointment. Blame injuries, blame the mumps, blame goaltending, blame a lot of things. It still seems like this team should be better than it is right now.
The Wild have been puzzling at times. They look the part of a surefire playoff contending team, but they've been hit hardest by the mumps and it certainly hasn't helped them.
Watching the Wild can be an exercise in frustration. The way they've played, you'd expect them to have a better record, but they have to get better on the road first.
Similar to the Kings, the road has not been friendly to the Wild. That said, their possession numbers and the emergence of Nino Niedereitter and Jason Zucker are huge positives.
Preseason Power Rankings
The Wild looked every bit as good as the 8-0 two-game series scoreline against the Avalanche suggests. Zach Parise and Ryan Suter are leading the way, too.
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