Despite outshooting the Winnipeg Jets 48 to 21, the Wild ended up losing 5-4 on Sunday night. This was their fifth consecutive loss, a season-high.
The Wild were down by 4 goals in the first 25 minutes of the game against the Jets. They managed to rally back and tie the game late in the 2nd period at 4-4. A goal by Josh Morrissey in the 3rd period gave the Jets a 5-4 lead, and the Wild failed to come back from that deficit.
Minnesota had a perfect record of 4 wins and 0 losses this season against the Jets, before their most recent meeting. “Hey, listen. We stunk in the first. We better come back in the second,” Wild head coach Bruce Boudreau said in a very short post-game press conference, “Holy crap. It’s not resiliency. You make it sound like we’re good. That’s all. I’m done.”
“We’re not executing properly… it’s something we’ve got to clean up and be better. We’ve got to be better prepared for Tuesday,” said Eric Staal.
For those who thought that the Wild could potentially win the Presidents’ Trophy or win 1st place in the Western Conference, those dreams are fading away. Minnesota is going through a slump. They currently have 2 wins and 8 losses in the month of March. The division rival Chicago Blackhawks have been hot lately, as they have won 5 straight games and own the #1 spot in the Western Conference (the spot that the Wild recently held) and are 7 points ahead of the Wild.
The Wild were on pace to have, what many people consider, their best season as a franchise. If they are unable to turn things around here late in the season, they may find themselves in an unfavorable position. They will most likely still make the playoffs. They hold a healthy 11-point lead over the St. Louis Blues for 2nd place in the Central Division, but that is still not a guaranteed spot. Minnesota could still potentially end up with a wild card spot or, even worse, get kicked out of the playoffs.
Minnesota has a 3-game home stand coming up, starting with the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday.