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.