Unfortunately for Wild fans, perception is, sadly, 99 per cent of reality. The Los Angeles Kings moved to within one point of the hapless Wild with a 3-1 victory in front of 14,857 at STAPLES Center on a blustery Saturday afternoon in Southern California.
The primary reason is simply the lack of scoring from anyone -- first line star or fourth-line grinder -- this club currently has. No one really forced the play against the Kings, who won their second consecutive home game. At one point near the mid-way mark of the third period, the Wild were out-shot by 40-20. It was THAT kind of an afternoon.
It was an ugly way for this writer to start his road trip season, as now I am on a 3-game 'personal losing streak' of my own, with No. 4 staring me in the face for Sunday's twilight tilt at Honda Center vs. the Anaheim Ducks, who were roasted 2-0 by San Jose on Friday night in San Jose.
I can't wait for that Sleep Number bed...
Chicken Little: U-G-L-Y, Wild run out of alibis! Ugly! That game was ugly! WOO!!
Pollyanna: Gaborik comes back on the next homestand, then we'll see about the offense!
Bottom Line: Wild are on the precipice of record-breaking failure; if they lose tomorrow in Anaheim, in regulation, that will be the first time in franchise history that they will have lost 5 in a row in regulation time. they have to find it within each player themselves to get the ship righted and get going. Maybe looking up at playoff spots might just do that.
Stud: Yeah, right...
Dud: 'Zidlisky', as the arena announcer called him frequently; his two penalties led to LA's first and game winning goals.
Next: at Anaheim, Sunday, Dec. 14, 7:00 PM Central Time (5:00 PM Pacific), FSNorth (includes FSWisconsin), no HD; XM Ch. 204)