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)