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Confidence an issue with struggling Wild

Dec 22, 2013, 10:53 PM EDT

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For the Minnesota Wild, Sunday’s game against the New York Rangers started off well enough, turned bad and got worse.

The Wild, who jumped into the lead on an early first-period goal by Jason Pominville, fell to the Rangers by a final score of 4-1, making it four losses in their last six games.

The night was capped off with a forgettable goal. Rangers’ forward Chris Kreider fanned on his wrist shot but Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom whiffed on the puck, which slid through his legs into the net.

That gave New York a three-goal lead in the third period. This one was over.

The Wild, however, have been in a funk for a while now. Scoring has become a major issue. The Wild have 87 goals-for, and, according to Chad Graff of the Pioneer Press, Minnesota has scored only 23 times in their last 15 games.

In the Western Conference, only the Nashville Predators have fewer goals-for, with 83.

“We’re not scoring goals. We’re not giving ourselves a chance,” said Wild forward Zach Parise, as per Graff.

After opening the scoring, the offence seemed to dry up from Minnesota’s perspective. They managed only 14 shots through the final 40 minutes of play.

“You can tell that confidence is shaken right now with individuals and as a group,” said Wild head coach Mike Yeo, according to Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

When they scored the first goal, we tightened up a little bit. When they scored the second goal, we tightened up completely.”

  1. blomfeld - Dec 23, 2013 at 12:51 AM

    HOW DOES “CONFIDENCE AN ISSUE” = 197 MILLION DOLLARS ?

    Dearest PHT … like seriously man, help us out here eh ?

  2. cupeventually - Dec 23, 2013 at 1:22 AM

    Something has got to change, offense has got to start coming from somewhere.

  3. 950003cups - Dec 23, 2013 at 10:44 AM

    Leadership. Someone has to go out and take over. You mean to tell me that for $98,000,000 you can’t ask that Parise just stand in front of the net, and tip in (which he was once the long of) a puck for one desperately needed goal? He’s done very well at tip ins prior to his meniscus surgery. It’s his job now to get those things done. It’s not like you have guys like Kovalchuk shooting it. Then I don’t blame him for leaving the crease. But you don’t have that. It’s his duty. He was brought in for those dirty goals he adored on.

    If he ain’t gonna earn his keep, the Wild will have ask or issue on hand. Cause Suter hasn’t stepped up beyond the call of duty either.

  4. 950003cups - Dec 23, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    His best days are behind him. I’ve said that from the day he signed. He was never the same since his surgery. Always a step off from his old self. To tell you the truth, he wasn’t a major factor at all in our cup run. That was Kovalchuk. And yes, I still hate that he left the nhl.

    I really figured last night Parise would’ve stood out especially playing the rangers. That team always brought out his fire. Nope. He embarrassed himself, his team, his fans, and ESPECIALLY his former fans!!

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