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The Wild have been hard to figure out all year. Head coach John Torchetti had them playing well, but five straight losses to end the regular season was concerning. No one's giving them much of a chance against the Stars in the first round.
The Wild still haven't managed to clinch a playoff spot after losing three straight games. Lucky for them, the Avs haven't taken advantage of it. Minnesota needs to regain its scoring touch before what is sure to be a brutal opening round series, but first they have to close out the Avs.
Zach Parise has come alive over the course of the Wild's current five-game winning streak. He has five goals and seven points over his last three games as Minnesota starts tightening its grip on the last playoff spot in the West.
The Wild are right on Colorado's heels in the wild-card race. Inconsistent play of late and a necessary over-reliance on Devan Dubnyk has been costly, but not fatal. The March 26 matchup with Colorado will be the biggest game of the season.
The Wild have been trading wild-card spots with the Avalanche and that race could go down to the wire. Both teams have been streaky which makes it tougher to predict who will be the last team standing at the end of the season.
The Wild have been a little streaky of late, but they are still in a playoff spot. One of the big questions for them going forward is if Devan Dubnyk's goaltending can remain consistent enough to make them a postseason contender.
The Wild are still on a bit of a rollercoaster ride, but they've won five of eight with John Torchetti at the helm. They didn't do too much at the deadline, but did add David Jones to their forward group. Now they're two points behind the Avalanche for the last wild-card spot.
Devan Dubnyk saved the team last year, so is new coach John Torchetti doing the same this year? Four straight wins featuring a total of 21 goals scored has made Torchetti the most popular guy in the Twin Cities this week. There's still work to do, but this club got the shot in the arm it needed.
The Wild's spiral cost Mike Yeo his job, but the team did win the first game of the John Torchetti interim era. GM Chuck Fletcher has said there will be more changes coming in the form of a trade. They're four points out of the last wild-card spot currently.
Things have been bad enough to trigger Mike Yeo getting the dreaded vote of confidence from GM Chuck Fletcher. The Wild are drowning, though. Losses in 10 of their last 11 haven't killed them yet, but their upcoming schedule isn't the kind that is overly friendly to turnaround hopes.
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Zach Parise looks like a man possessed to start the season. He has four goals through two games. Devan Dubnyk, however, showed some shakiness early in what will be a pressure-packed season for him.
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