Reporting Eric Nelson
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Minnesota Wild barely has a pulse and their playoff hopes are flickering. Barring a miracle on ice, the Wild will miss the post-season for the third straight year.
“You try not to dwell too much on the past and what’s happened but we still have to work at it and learn from it and move on,” said Coach Todd Richards.
However, before the Wild can move forward they need to look back, and try to figure out what caused the March meltdown.
“It’s hard to put your finger on one thing and I think that each night it may have been a different thing. Whether it’s special teams or just the fact that we haven’t scored enough goals to win games, ya know, there’s a number of things,” said Matt Cullen, center.
“We gotta get back to the things that we do well and playing well in our system. I think any team that has success plays well in their system. Everyone’s committed to that and I think maybe we’ve gotten away from that a little bit,” said Nick Schultz, defenseman.
These are clearly turbulent times for the Wild. This kind of adversity sometimes fosters locker room division, but the Minnesota players claim they are still a unified group.
“It’s the most important thing. I mean, as soon as things fall apart in the (locker)room here, its lights out,” said Cullen. “I don’t think that’s an issue here. Guys believe in what we’re doing and we’re all working together. Everybody gets along. Everybody cares about each other and that’s important.”