It was yet one more stark reminder that there’s something lacking from this yr’s group.
“They do not have that self-confidence that I feel we had final yr,” Boudreau stated after Tuesday’s recreation. “You understand, our third durations (final yr), we knew we have been going to win. Now, I feel as a result of each recreation has been a battle, each recreation has been nip and tuck, they perhaps aren’t as assured as they need to be.”
Maybe probably the most telling postgame quote of the season got here from veteran defenseman Ryan Suter. Requested whether or not it was uncharacteristic for the Wild to crumble down the stretch, he stated, “Not this yr.”
“I really feel like we have discovered methods to lose video games,” he added. “Prior to now, it was undoubtedly uncharacteristic. I feel we have got to get again to enjoying (that method). We’ve not performed a superb 60 minutes but this yr.”
It felt much less like a veteran making an attempt to mild a fireplace beneath his staff than somebody venting his frustration within the aftermath of one other avoidable loss.
“We made a mistake and we weren’t capable of get the momentum again,” Suter stated. “I really feel like final yr we might make that mistake, it will find yourself within the internet, and we might have the ability to come again and get the momentum again and discover a solution to win the sport.
“We’re having a tough time discovering methods to win proper now. It might be good to get that found out right here on this street journey.”
The Wild (thirteen-eleven-three) play Friday at Anaheim and Sunday at San Jose earlier than returning to St. Paul.
Since showing to show the nook with a 4-recreation profitable streak in November, the Wild have vacillated between again-to-again losses and again-to-again wins for 2½ weeks.
How are issues going to vary?
“That is the million-greenback query, proper?” Suter stated. “We’re making an attempt to determine that out.”
After a scheduled day without work in Southern California on Wednesday, the Wild deliberate to get again to work Thursday in hopes of righting the ship earlier than it is too late.
The Wild, now 5-eight-1 on the street, stay some extent out of a Western Convention wild-card spot and simply 5 forward of 14th-place Edmonton.
“We simply have to remain constructive,” winger Charlie Coyle stated. “We’re a great staff. We’ll discover it. We simply have to observe some video and are available again and study from our errors and give attention to the duty at hand.”
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