Well, one suspects JL has a nice read on how his team stacks up against the best in the west now, anyway.
The Wild got the two other western conference division leaders in sequential games this week - and went 0-1-1 in those two games. Did they get blown out? No. Did they show they can skate with both teams? Yes. ...And, over the course of a seven game series who knows? But the Wild still lacks the game-breaker or, in lieu of that, the killer instinct to either deliver the coup de gras or rally on a really good team.
Nik Backstrom was again very solid - and really tightened up his rebound control from the Detroit game. He certainly Kept Them In It/Gave Them A Chance To Win and frankly deserves an apology from Skoula on the GWG.
The PK units were excellent, keeping the Stars at bay despite both a lengthy 5:3 and a double minor.
Other than that there wasn't a whole lot of great in that game for the Wild.
Overall: Wild lose 1-3-0 (GF 10, GA 15)
In Minny: Wild tie 1-1-0 (GF 6, GA 4)
In Dallas: Wild lose 0-2-0 (GF 4, GA 11)
CHICKEN LITTLE SAYS: If you can't beat the tier one teams, you're a tier two team - at best.
POLLYANNA SAYS: At least Backstrom is playing better...right?
BOTTOM LINE: So much for getting some separation in the NW.
STUD: Backstrom was the main reason the Wild was in this one all night.
DUD: Skoula's feet are too damn big for him to be caught flat footed as he was on the GWG.
Up Next: Hockey Day in Minnesota! The Isles are in town to (hopefully) play the Washington Generals to the Wild's Harlem Globetrotters.