Wild tries to battle through fatigue

  • Article by: Michael Russo , Star Tribune
  • Updated: April 6, 2013 - 3:43 PM

The team has lost four of five, and coach Mike Yeo has seen the mistakes multiply during a grueling stretch of the schedule.

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martiankingApr. 5, 1310:24 PM

Watching the Wild this year, they look confused on the ice. They rarely know where their teammates are when they try and pass, and having to rely on Backstrom is a losing proposition. He can't play well enough to take over a few games in a row to guarantee a playoff run. Don't even get me started on what the heck Yeo's game plan is. I don't even think he knows. Just like the Vikings won even with the poor game plans that Frazier laid out there every week, the Wild win some games even through Yeo's ineptitude.

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knight63Apr. 5, 1311:32 PM

I have a different word for this other than fatigue. It is called "peaked", as in, this team has peaked for the year, too early, once again. Did the same thing last year. We have seen their best hockey and it is behind them now. Not a fatalist, or a drink kool-aid guy. Just a fact. They look completely and embarassingly lost on the ice. Not ready to go from the drop of the puck. Unprepared. Running around and unable to break out of their zone. Zero time in the offensive zone, etc.. Five games in a row. This is what you get w/a bargain basement, no experience, rookie coach. I dont care how many mid to high level free agents you sign. Not gonna change anything. We need an experienced, proven, NHL coach. Period.

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firefly70Apr. 6, 13 3:39 AM

Okay; clarification, please. Were the Wild the only team in the NHL that had to play a lot of games in a short amount of days (8 games in 13 days mentioned in this article) throughout this shortened season? I'm pretty sure every team has had to endure it. So, respectfully disagreeing, it does sound like the Wild/Yeo are making excuses.

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crashman1962Apr. 6, 1311:55 AM

Russo... They have these new things called Planes that make the trip from L.A. to Ohio really fast. The Wild are not the only team with a difficult schedule, quit making excuses for them just because your the beat writer.

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BrainardApr. 6, 1312:21 PM

I believe that the Wild are tired, just like all the other teams. A few weeks ago, when they were winning, most were excited that they finally turned the corner into being a good team, a team that other teams had to worry about. Now, after a few loses, all hell breaks loose. I still believe in Chuck Fletcher, not sure yet about Yeo. But, he had them playing his system, and playing well for quite a while. You can't JUST win the Stanley Cup, it takes time with a newer coach and a GM that has to restock the cupboard. Riseborough did leave it BARE. I, for one like the direction this team is heading, AND THAT IS ""UP""

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caferevApr. 6, 1312:33 PM

Starting to look like that even if the Wild do make the playoffs, we'll be dealt a first round date with Chicago or Anaheim. Nice. Could the Wild's playoff experience possibly be worse than the Viking's??? Ugh.

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lindy_frank123Apr. 6, 1312:36 PM

@knight63...you have no idea what you're talking about...you don't know if they've peaked...they can come back and play like gangbusters again...this is what I say 60 points gets you into the playoffs that means they/the Wild have to go atleast 8-3 in their remaining 11 games.

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goalieguruApr. 6, 13 2:32 PM

Hmm, looks like Gabby is on the downswing in his career. CBJ is one of the "pastures" in the NHL. LOL!! I hope he fails miserably. He was a load here in MN and didn't do squat in New York after being paid all that big money. Time to hang up the skates and think about race car driving Mary-Ann.

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hdfrogApr. 6, 13 2:42 PM

First of all, the comment "Watching the Wild this year, they look confused on the ice. They rarely know where their teammates are when they try and pass" I think is wide of the mark...... the Wild may have had some bad games, but they have also played some great hockey, but I guess some people can only focus on the negative. Secondly, during this stretch of 8 games in 13 days, of the teams that are close to the Wild in the standings, the only team who is close to having a schedule as difficult as the Wild, (Counting nbr of games, and those on the road) is Detroit, and they have won 1 game more in that stretch. For example, San Jose is at the end of 7 straight home games. No other team will have had the same travelling that the Wild have had to endure these past two weeks, and have as many games.

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kzmannApr. 6, 13 3:47 PM

I thought we had like one of the worst travel schedules in the league.Thats what realignment is about.

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