This weekend, the Minnesota Wild team once again completed the game back-to-back against the Florida Panthers and the Tampa Bay Chargers. The game against the Panthers did not go well. This was another belated comeback, falling behind 5-4. The situation seemed to improve against the Chargers, but it didn’t last long. They lost 5-4 in the penalty shootout.
They made a comeback in both games, but couldn’t shut them down. In these games, many things stand out, some get better, some get worse, but throughout the season, the wild team has been fighting back and never gave up. After a difficult weekend, they can stay awake.
Wild and unexpected production
A positive factor in their trip to Florida was that the Wild Team moved from Whole lineupKirill Kaprizov and Joel Eriksson Eck scored as expected, but the Minnesota team also received some unexpected offenses from Marcus Foligno and Rem Pitt Players like Leick, Ryan Hartman and Brandon Duhaime, everyone made it.
Kevin Fiala It is also expected to score, but it is difficult for him to find a goal this season. However, he succeeded in the game against the Chargers, scoring a goal and assisting to equalize the score.
Wild defenders also joined the action, Matt Dunbar, Alex Goligowski, Dmitry Kulikov and Jordie Benn helped set some goals.
Wild defense shakes
The Blue Line of Minnesota took a hit in Florida.Their captain and The core of their defense Jared Spurgeon was injured in the game against the Panthers. He left in the first stage and was excluded due to lower body injuries. Unfortunately, this left a big hole in their lineup, because Spurgeon will stand up in any situation. If this proves to be a long-term injury, the wild will need to find someone who can fill that position immediately, but they have a choice.
Benn played against the Chargers and he left a deep impression on the coaching staff.He may be the player they choose to rely on, but they There is another option.
When Goligoski was out earlier this season, Calen Addison stepped forward and made it difficult for management to return him to the American Hockey League (AHL). In two games, he scored a goal, hit two hits, and blocked a shot.He was recalled Start with AHL When news broke that Spurgeon was injured, he watched the game against the Chargers in the press box. It has not yet been announced that he will participate in the next game or continue to be on standby.
Wild’s turnover problem
Against the Panthers, the Wild team continued to struggle with turnovers. They have managed to control them in one or two games, but they are not consistent. Almost all wild players this season reversed the hockey puck, but when they played against the Panthers, they got 16 freebies and performed very badly.
Many players are at fault, including Frederick Gaudlow, Mats Zukarello, Jonas Brodin and Caprizov. Brodin is the only defensive player with more than one gift, but this is still worrying.
The Wild team needs to solve this problem. They have a good start against the Chargers and have zero turnovers against the defending champion Stanley Cup. If they want to stay at the top of the central partition, they need to maintain this state.
Wild must use their speed
Last weekend, the Minnesota team struggled to control the speed of the Panthers and Chargers. It’s not that they couldn’t keep up, but that they didn’t use their own speed. Kaprizov, Fiala, Zuccarello and Eriksson Ek were born for speed, but they did not bring enough speed in Florida.
They are not the only wild players who need to get better.Victor Lask, Gaudro and Dumba is not so fast As they have demonstrated throughout the season. None of their fast players can release their agility on the weekend. Whether they are shut down or not taking advantage of their opportunities, Wild can’t make it work.
Before they go home for a long home game, the Wild team has one more game to save their three road trips. Before their next game against the New Jersey Devils on Wednesday, they have a few days of vacation to check what went wrong, what was correct, and how to solve the problem. We should also understand how long the team will last without a captain.
The Devils started the season well, beating the New York Islanders, Chargers, Panthers and San Jose Sharks. Minnesota will be very busy on Wednesday and needs to be at the top of the game.
Mariah Holland is a Minnesota wild writer from THW and co-host of the THW Youtube show Chicks & Sticks, which produces a new show every Friday. She has been reporting on Wild at THW for more than eight months and has been on Chicks & Sticks since the beginning of May. She is always looking for different angles to report on the wilderness and dig deeper into the stories surrounding the team.