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Wild’s scoring woes continue against Flyers

Dec 23, 2013, 10:53 PM EDT

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The Minnesota Wild lost. Again. They managed only one goal. Again.

The Wild dropped a 4-1 decision to the Philadelphia Flyers on Monday night, making it five losses in their last seven games. In that span, they’ve been held to one goal in a game through regulation and overtime on five different occasions – once coming in a 2-1 shootout victory, although the second goal in that came was recorded in the skills competition.

Making matters worse was Zach Parise, the Wild’s co-leader in points, did not play Monday due to a lower-body injury. As per Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Parise will be re-evaluated Tuesday when the team returns back to Minnesota.

Parise had tallied 15 goals and 27 points in 37 games for the Wild this season. However, the losses continue to pile up for Minnesota, which sits fourth in the Central Division but only five points up on the Dallas Stars.

“I’m not going to try to paint a rosy picture and I’m not going to make any excuses. Flat out we need to be better,” said Wild head coach Mike Yeo afterward, as per Chad Graff of the Pioneer Press.




  1. vanindeed - Dec 23, 2013 at 10:57 PM

    When haven’t the Wild had scoring woes? Broten to Madono?

    • greatmiamisportsmind - Dec 24, 2013 at 1:23 AM

      Is Madano somehow related to Madona?

      Broken and Modano were just a tad before the Wild existed.

      • vanindeed - Dec 24, 2013 at 4:59 PM

        Yet played in Minnesota

  2. phillyphanatic77 - Dec 23, 2013 at 11:03 PM

    How bout giving a little credit to the Flyers team D and Steve Mason? They gave the Wild no room, contested every offensive zone entry, and kept everything on the perimeter. It took a 5 on 3 for Minnesota to finally break through. People talking about Mason falling off should rewatch this game. Granted they’re no offensive dynamo (especially sans Parise) but the Flyers dominated.

    • goodolejr - Dec 24, 2013 at 8:31 AM

      I think every Flyers fan wasn’t sure what to expect from Mason recently as before tonight he’s just been mediocre at best this month. I know the team D as a whole as been god awful lately (again, before tonight) but with Mason’s history, it seemed like everyone was getting into “here we go again” mode. Glad to see he’s bounced back from those recent struggles and has brought his game back to the level of the first 2 months of the season.

      And speaking of giving credit, what happened to all of the “G’S NOT A CAPTAIN, STRIP THE C! HE’S NOT READY FOR IT,” people? Seems they’ve been quiet since he’s replaced that monkey on his back with the rest of the team.

      • phillyphanatic77 - Dec 24, 2013 at 4:04 PM

        Totally agree but Mason has also had some solid showings recently… last night obviously, the 5-2 win over Washington, and the 2-1 win over the Habs. I think his worst performance was the 5-4 loss to the Caps, but, like you said, the D was god awful in that game. Also, the miraculous comeback over the Jackets I don’t blame him at all for the 4 goals. They were all missed defensive assignments (granted he stopped those too the first two months). I think ppl were making too much of his struggles, tho it’s understandable with his past. I’m far more worried about Ray Emery than Mason. He’s been average, at best, all season. Maybe he doesn’t get enough help but I’ve been seriously disappointed with him.

        But hopefully this club has turned a corner and we see some big wins on the upcoming road trip. So happy Vinny is back bc the third spot is there for the taking.

  3. crazemastercraze - Dec 23, 2013 at 11:13 PM

    Good thing they spent $8 kajillion on two players…..

  4. crispythirteen - Dec 23, 2013 at 11:57 PM

    Scott Hartnell, 500th career point.

  5. hockeyfan28 - Dec 24, 2013 at 2:49 AM

    Hey this flyers team may lay a clunker here and there but they are starting to turn a corner solid win

    • goodolejr - Dec 24, 2013 at 8:34 AM

      Seems like “here and there” has just been every other game. They definitely look like a more confident team and one who has turned the corner, hopefully they can get a little more consistent and string some wins together to start separating themselves from the rest of the pack.

  6. joeyashwi - Dec 24, 2013 at 7:45 AM

    Different season, same Wild. It makes no sense to bring in highly paid players only to be coached by a shoestring budget of inexperienced coaches. The Wild haven’t had offense since the team came into the league and it isn’t because we haven’t had the talent. It’s beyond frustrating for a hockey state like MN to put out such a mediocre product year after year. The Flyers looked good though.

  7. kastout11 - Dec 24, 2013 at 7:46 AM

    Don’t look now, but the Flyers are really heating up. The upcoming road trip will say a lot about what we can expect from them the second half of the season. It all started to come together when “G” and the top line started scoring some goals.

  8. tlow97 - Dec 24, 2013 at 8:47 AM

    Wild have been getting beat almost everywhere the puck lands. Flyers owned them last night and the Wild didn’t seem to respond much. It’s pretty bad when you get somewhat excited for Zenon and Vellieux to get out there because at least you know they’re gonna try to knock someone the eff out on a forecheck.

  9. rebekah319 - Dec 24, 2013 at 12:09 PM

    I have said this for the past 24 hours and all week Wild fans need to open their eyes and see the full picture and when I mean full picture look beyond one person please! Although that is asking a lot from a fan base that literally whines all the time ( yes you all are very good at it awards for everyone)
    Every single person on this team is responsible for what is happening right now There is no pointing one finger its EVERYONE ON THIS TEAM! Fans always just want to blame the coach well I have news for you hes not the one responsible for this slump! wild players need to check themselves in the mirror during this holiday break and figure it out because they are the ones on the ice and they are the ones that need to put the puck into the net and start playing better in front of Backstrom. There is no excuses for playing in front of one goalie better and not the other. I have said my peace its up to the actual team is fix their problems not the fans.

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