Should the Wild be Worried about the two Preseason Losses?

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TRAVERSE CITY, MI – SEPTEMBER 10: Will Bitten #86 of the Minnesota Wild battles for the puck with Jake Ryczek #75 of the Chicago Blackhawks during Day-5 of the NHL Prospects Tournament at Centre Ice Arena on September 10, 2019 in Traverse City, Michigan. (Photo by Dave Reginek/NHLI via Getty Images)

So the Wild have lost their first two preseason games. Should we be worried?

The short answer: Absolutely not.

But you didn’t come here for the short answer; you came for the over-analyzed and slightly biased answer.

On Tuesday, the Minnesota Wild opened the preseason with an overtime loss (2-1) to a Stars team who had played the night before in St. Louis and didn’t play too many of their bona fide NHLers. We witnessed the Wild debuts of Mats Zuccarello, Ryan Hartman and the return of Matt Dumba.

The next night, the Wild sent a team of mostly prospects and our youth core Up North for a tilt against the Jets. Against players like Blake Wheeler, Mark Scheifele, P̶a̶t̶r̶i̶c̶k̶ ̶L̶a̶i̶n̶e̶, D̶u̶s̶t̶i̶n̶ ̶B̶y̶f̶u̶g̶l̶i̶e̶n̶, and the elite ANTHONY BITETTO, the Wild lost 4-1. Let’s unpack both games.

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