All good things must come to an end.
Unfortunately, that includes the Minnesota Wild’s eight-game winning streak and nine-game point streak.
Now the Wild, who were edged by the Los Angeles Kings 2-1 on Saturday night, look to start a new streak on Sunday in Las Vegas. It was the Wild’s first loss in regulation since Nov. 20 when the Wild fell to the Florida Panthers and ended the third-longest winning streak in franchise history.
“I think our legs were there, I don’t think our minds were quite there tonight, early” Wild coach Dean Evason said during a media availability session after the loss. “I think the frustration level built a lilttle bit. I think we caught it but I think by that point there was a lot of momentum gained (by the Kings) . We expended a helluva lot of energy early in that hockey game killing penalties.
“We have no doubt that we will regroup and bring a real good game for (Sunday) night.”
The Wild killed off all five penalties in the loss, and scored on one of the two opportunities they had with a man advantage.. Yet the Wild should have had more as what appeared to be blatant trips on Kirill Kaprizov and Ryan Hartman were among the plays that went uncalled during the game.
While frustrated, the Wild seem focused on ending the four-game road trip on a positive note against the Golden Knights. Minnesota was edged 3-2 in its previous visit to T-Mobile Arena on Nov.. 11 but are 5-3-1 all-time in Vegas.
“We forget about it,” forward Marcus Foligno said after the loss. “That’s the mentality you have to have. You can’t be all excited because you won eight and say to yourself, ‘Well it was a good run.’ It’s not the mentality we want this year. We expect (Sunday ) night to really come together, show show our character and make sure we get a win. You can’t focus on the past, you have to stay right in the present. That’s what we talked about before the game.”
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The Wild vs. Knights odds on WynnBET has Vegas as a 1.5 goal favorite on the road.. The Knights are also listed as -150 favorites on the moneyline with the Wild being the home underdog at +135 The total goals is set at an over/under of six.
Upcoming Wild schedule
Tuesday, Dec. 14: Carolina, 7 p.m. CST
Thursday, Dec. 16: Buffalo, 7 p.m. CST
Saturday, Dec. 18: Florida, 1 p.m. CST