The Minnesota Wild have gotten off to a brutal start. With a record of 1-5, they are tied with New Jersey and Ottawa for last place in the NHL. Everything seems to be crumbling for the Wild right now. They can’t score, they can’t keep the puck out of the net, key players aren't producing, and they seem to fall asleep for key 5-10 minute stretches throughout the game where they let in 3 or 4 goals in a very short period of time.
One quick look at the results of the first 6 games and it’s easy to see why they are losing!
First 6 Game Results:
Game 1: L @ Nashville 5-2
Game 2: L @ Colorado 4-2
Game 3: L @ Winnipeg 5-2
Game 4: L vs Pittsburg 7-4
Game 5: W @ Ottawa 2-0
Game 6: L @Toronto 4-2
They’ve only scored 2 goals in 5 of the 6 games this year while allowing an average of over 4 goals per game! Minnesota has just been plain bad in all categories to start the year, and by comparing them to the rest of the league we can see just how bad this team is:
· 20th in the NHL in Goals Scored with 14
· 28th in the NHL in Goals Allowed with 25
· 30th in the NHL in Goal Differential with -11
· 29th in the NHL in Save Percentage
· 24th in the NHL in Goals Against Average
* Statistics provided from: Foxsports.com/nhl/team-stats
* 31 Teams in the NHL
One could say the Wild are getting smacked around eh?
It is time to start panicking for the Minnesota Wild. They are finishing in the bottom 11 teams in the majority of important team statistics. Minnesota never seems to have an elite goal scorer, but that hasn’t stopped them in the past from making the playoffs (except last year when they finished 28th in scoring). So where does it seem to be going wrong this year? The short answer might be Devan Dubnyk.
The 33-year-old goalie currently holds a 0-5-0 record, with a 4.44 Goals Against Average. Yikes. The only win Minnesota has had this year is when backup Alex Stalock started in Dubnyk’s place and got a shutout. Dubnyk is visibly hard on himself, and seemingly lets his emotions get to him during intense competition (as many goalies tend to do). Starting the year in this big of a hole could lead Dubnyk to a frailer mental state, and may cause him to not be able to recover this year. Good thing Stalock gets the start this Thursday, October 16th, against The Montreal Canadians at 6pm.
Hopefully Minnesota will turn this thing around!