As of Tuesday afternoon, Dec. 5, precisely three hundred and sixty five days later, the Wild have been in just about the exact same spot, thirteen-10-three heading right into a matchup with the Los Angeles Kings on the Staples Middle.
And whereas that does not imply the Wild are about to go on one other unprecedented run, it is a reminder that fortune can flip shortly, even when they’ve underwhelmed over the primary two months of the season.
“It would be a superb time for it,” Eric Staal stated with amusing. “That undoubtedly put us in a great spot. It’s a must to consider that it may be finished once more.”
“We’ve very comparable personnel, so we’re undoubtedly able to it,” Chris Stewart added. “We have now to take a look at ourselves. It begins tonight. We’re enjoying among the best groups within the NHL at house and it might be a superb constructing block in the correct course.”
Nonetheless, coach Bruce Boudreau does not need his group considering an excessive amount of concerning the previous. “We will not draw on it proper now as a result of it is two totally different groups.” he stated. “We have now to stay within the second.”
Staal is hopeful this week’s three-recreation West Coast swing with video games towards the Kings, Anaheim Geese and San Jose Sharks can have the Wild feeling like a special staff once they return to the Twin Cities subsequent week.
“It would be good to string a couple of wins collectively,” he stated. “It simply comes right down to confidence in understanding that we’re doing the correct issues, and if we’re getting these outcomes, then I feel guys begin to consider in it increasingly more day-after-day. It may possibly sort of snowball from there.”
The Wild’s largest drawback has been a scarcity of consistency. Their longest win streak is 4 video games, highlighted by again-to-again shutouts.
“We’re nonetheless working at being constant,” Staal stated. “Not each night time goes to be good over the course of an eighty two-recreation season. There’s going to be nights when one line catches lightning in a bottle. There’s going to be nights when the goalie is absolutely good. There’s going to be nights when a number of the different guys within the lineup step up. These are the issues that make an excellent group. We’re nonetheless a piece in progress so far as that goes. That stated, there’s undoubtedly elements in right here to make that occur.”
Stewart, in the meantime, wrote off the notion that the Wild are primarily the identical workforce they’ve all the time been, ok to make the playoffs, not ok to win the Stanley Cup.
“That is motivation for us,” Stewart stated of the critics. “We do not actually fear about anybody outdoors of this dressing room. We all know what we’re able to, and we’d like this to be a very good street journey for…