The Minnesota Wild have gone beyond 'lovable losers' after tonight's lack of effort against the Nashville Predators, right down to major suck-ability.
That's right. You heard me. The Wild suck.
A 4-3 loss at home to the Preds sent the crowd of 18,195 out the doors unentertained, unrequited, and flat-out pissed off after another Marek Zidlicky turnover at neutral ice led to a Jerrod Smithson shorthanded goal which proved to be the game-winner. The Wild now are a Western Conference-worst 3-9 on the young season.
Oh, well, at least we have Marian Gaborik to watch Friday night -- NOT!!
Wild Offense: Non-existent except for the first 3 minutes of the second period.
Wild Defense: Aw, do we have to??
Preds Offense: Good pressure especially after they got the one-goal lead in the third.
Preds Defense: Dan Ellis was shaky in the second, but Pekka Rinne came in and showed why he really is No. 1 in Music City.
Leader: Ryan Suter, Nashville. +1, one assist, 21:13 in TOI. Good night and good numbers for a player the Wild couldn't get away from all night.
Lagger: Mikko Koivu. Another -3 night. Can't keep this up, Herr Capitain.
Stud: J.P. Dumont, Nashville. Started the game off right for his team with a goal in his first shift.
Dud: Zidlicky. Burns came close, but the last goal was directly a result of Zidlicky's carelessness. Maybe he misses his fellow Euro, Skoula, and wants to emulate him. YEEEEAAAHHHH!!!
(The assembled multitude were walking out the door arguing too much about the shots on goal by Greg Zanon and Zidlicky and the saves on those shots by Backstrom. Yeah, they both shot on the Wild net.)
Bottom Line: This team sucks. The race for No. 1 in the draft is definitely 'on'. (Don't trade the pick, CF.)
Next: vs. NY Rangers, Friday, Oct. 30, 7:00 PM Central (8:00 PM Eastern) Time, Xcel Energy Center. (TV: KSTC-45 (in HD), MSG2; XM Ch. 207)
I am amazed by the large amount of people who are surprised by the Wild's record thus far.
They are playing exactly how their talent allows. I predicted before the preseason, that 30 wins would be very hard for the Wild this season. Perhaps I was being too generous, maybe 20 will be.
Don't get me wrong, still a huge Wild fan, and that won't waver ....I juse was prepared for this horrible year, and in fact think it is good for the team to hopefully finally get a high pick.
Now if we can just get rid of PMB and his horrible contract. Trade Backstrom and his inflated contract, we could make some progress next season. But with our recent FA losses without even getting draft picks in return, this Wild team will struggle for at least this season and the next before showing any progress.
The thing that surprises me the most is how the players who are supposed to be the leaders are the ones who are sucking it up the most. Burns, Havlat, Brunette, and even Koivu are all at, past, or approaching double-digits in +/-. It's not like we're routinely giving up 5-6 goals a night and everyone's +/- is that bad, so it's just that it's the same guys who are on the ice all the time when the puck winds up in our net. That concerns me. A lot. And is it me, or does it seem like we've given up an awful lot of SHGs over the past couple of years? That's unacceptable.
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