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Wild feel like they ‘can beat anybody right now’

Mar 23, 2013, 10:24 PM EDT

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It might fly under the radar, given what the streak the Pittsburgh Penguins are on, but the Minnesota Wild have now won seven of their last eight games.

They capped off their fifth straight win Saturday thanks to a 2-0 effort against the San Jose Sharks.

“Coming back from that road trip, we have a lot of confidence,” Wild forward Torrey Mitchell told the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

“We feel like we can beat anybody right now.”

The Wild are now 8-2-0 in their last 10 games, and are atop the Northwest Division with 38 points. That’s tied with the Vancouver Canucks’ point total, however the Wild hold the tiebreaker with fewer games played and two more regulation-overtime victories.

It was less than two weeks ago that Wild owner Craig Leipold indicated to the St. Paul Area Chamber of Commerce that there is a larger window in which the Minnesota team can challenge for a Stanley Cup.

  1. jessethegreat - Mar 23, 2013 at 11:24 PM

    It’s a very exciting time to be a Wild fan these days!

  2. mp1131211 - Mar 23, 2013 at 11:54 PM

    The way they dominate the around the net is amazing. Their puck movement is really sharp and their forechecking is dominating everyone they play. These guys are gettijg red hot!

    • ethanmacleod1685 - Mar 24, 2013 at 9:02 AM

      Dominate is a strong word, calm down down wild fans

      • lordfletcher - Mar 24, 2013 at 9:21 AM

        so us wild fans should just say their last 10 games were luck?

        he used the word to describe two aspects of the wilds current streak, not necessarily that they are a dominating team.

        wild are playing very well, we are happy…..

  3. greatminnesotasportsmind - Mar 24, 2013 at 12:26 AM

    And to think the 1 loss in their past 8 games came against a good Ducks team. Oh by the way, the Wild had the lead going into the 3rd period.

    • lordfletcher - Mar 24, 2013 at 8:24 AM

      the hit on zucker changed that game too.wild were dominating but again, one play turned the game around.

      just wished Vancouver was losing right now. Till Lou or one of the sedin’s goes out with an injury, the nucks will make this a battle till the end.

      the best part about the wild now is that they’re winning games 4-2 or 3-1 …. Most haven’t been overtime games. Playing great playoff hockey with Backs keeping beach balls out of the net.

      suter – Norris

  4. sharksfan754 - Mar 24, 2013 at 1:47 AM

    Don’t want to rain on the wild’s parade (I acknowledge they’re a good team) but the sharks just can’t score or beat anybody right now. On a side note seeing coyle play the way he has lately (I have NHL gamecenter) has made me sick.

    • lordfletcher - Mar 24, 2013 at 8:33 AM

      tough to rain on winning …… Proof is in the standings amigo.

      Coyle has been good but far from great. His future is what should be making your stomach turn.he shows flashes of being a 20-30 goal scorer and 65 points per season player.he needs to be more physical away from the puck, just not when he has it against the board’s (man is he great between the net and end boards for a kid against men, strong boy). Would also like to see him use his size in checking as well. Seems hesitant to try and separate players from the puck in laying a big check. Kid also needs to shoot more and less turnovers but to be clear, I’m not complaining at all. Love Coyle, brodin, zucker, granlund, and our 200 million dollar boys.

      funniest thing about the trade two years ago is that now I’d trade burns for setoguchi straight up.everything else is just fleece work.


  5. youngs79 - Mar 24, 2013 at 1:06 PM

    PHT’s Joe Yerdon didn’t think the Wild would make the playoffs. I wonder what he thinks now.

  6. steverolley - Mar 24, 2013 at 1:20 PM

    I am happy for the Minnesota fans

    Living in Vancouver unfortuntley I have got to see a lot of Wild games over the years and they all sucked. Minnesota played boring hockey and it was always a garunteed win for the Knuckleheads. Its not only that the Wild sucked but the game weren’t even watchable.

    Through all of this the fans kept coming out, it must have been unbearable to watch this team on a nightly basis.

    I am happy that Minnesota now has an exciting team (scores more than 1 goal a game) and I hope they make a little noise in the playoffs…. because no one deserves it more than the fans who have been supporting the Wild for the last 5 years

  7. 1wildfan1 - Mar 24, 2013 at 8:44 PM

    Kudos to steverolley. Nice to see a classy rival fan. Far too few people like you these days. Despite HATING the Canucks (mostly because you are absolutely right, they have OWNED the Wild for quite some time), I have always respected the Sedin twins as they are an amazing duo, and I think Vigneault (sp?) is one of the best coaches in the league.

    As a Wild fan from day 1, I am LOVING this season. Started out I was thinking “dang, gonna be last year again” with the weak play in a shortened season. But I never lost hope. Parise was sharp from the get-go, I hope it was only a matter of time until they started clicking. And they have. Are they a Blackhawks or Pens powerhouse? No. But they have talent, and if they bring their A game I think can play with anyone in the NHL. Can they compete for the Stanley Cup this year? Long shot, but its possible. But the great part is, Chuck Fletcher is THE MAN, has built a fantastic core team, and a lot of great youth in the system. This team should be good for many years.

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