Category Archives: Minnesota Wild
April 16th is the date set for what is sure to be a highly contested quarterfinal series between the Minnesota Wild and the St. Louis Blues. The Blues, champions of the competitive Central division of the Western Conference will square off against budding division rivals, Minnesota, in the first round of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
I know most who are reading this think this is going to be a blog entirely about the season saving rise of Devan Dubnyk. He does indeed deserve the wealth of the credit for the Wild’s resurgence into a playoff spot. Yet there are more pieces to the intricate puzzle that we now call the Minnesota Wild. Chuck Fletcher has been trending this team upwards since taking over in 2009, this year may have been his most shrewd year to date, seeing as to what he sent away has dealt returns not even he could have dreamed of. (more…)
At this point it’s hard to fathom that the Minnesota Wild can maintain any aspirations of making this year’s Stanley Cup Playoffs. They are seven points out of the remaining Western Conference playoff spot, and have not exhibited play that is telling of a team set for a playoff push. They’ve fallen back into the droning status of Minnesota professional sports during my lifetime, a status of mediocrity. (more…)
After limping home from a trouncing in the Lone Star state, the Wild are back to the drawing board. There have been glimpses of greatness in Minnesota since NHL play has resumed post-holiday break, mainly in the Wild’s three-to-one victory over a bruised up Toronto team that seems to be stuck in limbo at the moment. I was able to catch the game in person, and in comparison to my last attended game against Winnipeg on December 27, it was a much better effort. Even though Minnesota was outshot, the lads played a much crisper game and seemed more inspired than they did against the Jets. (more…)
At the beginning of this year’s campaign, the question was not if the Wild would make the playoffs but how far they would go. After week one of the regular season, the Wild were a towering number two in ESPN’s NHL power rankings. It seemed that the Wild had finally arrived as a power in the Western Conference, all too soon I may fear. Flash-forward now to week 11, where the Wild have plummeted to the 22 spot on the same power ranking poll and are sitting at 5th in the central division at 16-13-3.
As the 2014-15 season creeps near us it’s time to take a look at the teams around the league and predict where they may finish.
Round 1 is finally over and Round 2 match-ups are set. Who will come out victorious and make their way to the Conference Finals?