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Wild lose to Blues, hold on first Wild Card spot shrinks

Mar 27, 2014, 11:09 PM EDT

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Playing their second game in as many nights, the Minnesota Wild came up against their Central Division foes, the St. Louis Blues, and were soundly beaten.

The Wild gave up two power play goals and a short-handed goal in a 5-1 loss to the Blues on Thursday. T.J. Oshie recorded the hat trick for the Blues.

Minnesota, also coming off a loss to the Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday, is now only one point up on the Phoenix Coyotes for the top Wild Card spot in the Western Conference. The Wild have lost six times in the last eight games, and, based on the comments of defenseman Ryan Suter, the penalty kill and power play has something to do with that.

“Our special teams has been terrible. We have to figure it out or we’re not even going to make the playoffs,” Suter told Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Thursday’s game also featured a run-in between Minnesota’s goalie Darcy Kuemper allowed five goals on only 24 shots. He had a run-in with Blues’ forward David Backes.

  1. guitarhunterdude - Mar 27, 2014 at 11:13 PM

    Where to start? This was an all-out horrid performance by everyone involved. So typical of this team,

    The more I look at the Wild, the more apparent it is that, while we have talented players, they just don’t fit together. We’re looking at a team that’s going to be borderline playoff contenders for probably the next ten years, but won’t be able to do anything more than that with the current core. And that’s if we get a semi-competent coach. Then, when the Parise and Suter albatrosses are off the books, we might be able to start putting together the pieces for a real contender.

    It’s gonna be a long, dark decade.

    • clarke16 - Mar 27, 2014 at 11:57 PM

      Knee jerk reaction to a disappointing game/stretch. This team continues to mature/progress. It isn’t a straight line up and it isn’t a straight line down. I believe they’ve demonstrated this season that you can’t keep them down–they’ll snap back. You can put away the rope for now…

      • guitarhunterdude - Mar 28, 2014 at 10:00 AM

        This isn’t just based on one game against a cup favorite, it’s based on two years of epic choke jobs. I’m not counting Yeo’s first year, because that really was a bad, bad team that overperformed at the beginning of the season. It’s getting hard not to see the current roster in the same light, though. They started out the year absolutely dominating other teams, but without a shred of puck luck. They haven’t been a dominant team since October, and it’s really looking like the players we have just don’t fit together.I really hope it’s just Yeo that’s the problem, but at this point, I’m not sure.

    • mp1131211 - Mar 28, 2014 at 2:07 AM

      Then please stop going to games and send me all of your tickets immediately. I’ll spare you the misery and tweet everything from the stands. And you’re welcome. You can buy me a beer to show your appreciation.

  2. jhaegs - Mar 27, 2014 at 11:17 PM

    Great all around game by the Blues. Too bad we couldn’t secure that shutout for Miller, but oh well. Congrats to Oshie on his first hatty and first 20-goal season. Between the Olympics, the birth of his baby girl, and his current hot streak; he’s having the time of his life right now. Looking forward to the rest of this home stand!

    LGB!!!

    • blomfeld - Mar 27, 2014 at 11:59 PM

      YES … AND SO AM I !!! :)

      • slickvb82 - Mar 28, 2014 at 12:07 AM

        Go away

  3. strictlythedanks - Mar 28, 2014 at 1:04 AM

    Hard to watch as a wild fan, deja vu of previous years.

  4. feedmetherock - Mar 28, 2014 at 9:04 AM

    I think they need to go to Bryz for a game or two. Keumper has been great for them, especially given the situation he was thrown into. Unfortunate because the kid was so good for stretch. I will admit that I am not watching a ton of Wild games, so I am not sure if it is the team in front of him, or if he is just hitting the rookie wall. Looks like he is fatiguing down the stretch though.

    • clarke16 - Mar 28, 2014 at 11:58 AM

      Absolutely. The move here is to the veteran for the next few games and let the kid adjust to the pressure. They’ll be needing him.

  5. credible316 - Mar 28, 2014 at 9:46 AM

    “Wild lose to Blues”…that’s putting it nicely.
    We’re melting, MELTING!!!!

  6. vstar1us - Mar 28, 2014 at 10:10 AM

    Wow what a Wild failure, where can one start! Let’s start at goal, Kemp is playing to far in net at his size he can afford to come out front a bit. Let’s look at the defense turn overs that lead to points well that is a no brainer, now let’s talk Sutter. Sure he gets a lot of ice time, but when you watch him he is not that effective, he gets pushed off pucks and bulled against the boards pretty easy. I love Spurgeon for the grit but once again his costly turnovers have hurt. Now our forwards and centers, Praise had very good luck at the first half of the season trying to smack the puck in goal but right now even thou he scored last night it really ain’t working. Now for the Captain of the team, he needs to lead from the front and pull his team with him. He lacks the mustard to lead and the mustard stain is all over his team. Now let’s talk about Yeo, well everyone knows he is in over his head and he is not a coach for the NHL. I think he would fit better with a AHL team at best, but that would need to be evaluated closely. Now today we must start thinking and looking forward, the next game will make or break us that is put us in the second wild card position. With all my expert opinion that I just payed out I know I will have some doubters, but that will not matter I just might save some money that don’t spend on the post season.

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