For the Minnesota Wild, It’s been an eventful first half of the NHL season.
I mean honestly — 28-10-3 and riding a six game win streak which is the longest active one in the league right now.
Also several players are having career seasons: Kevin Fiala having a 12-game point streak, Kirill Kaprizov showing the league he’s a superstar, There there is Dean Evason dropping the good ole F-bomb at least 20 times a game,.
it’s all incredible. And the best part about it? We still have a whole second half of hockey madness.
This weekend marks the annual NHL All-Star Game and gives the Wild a chance to soak in a much needed AND deserved break before the storm hits St. Paul.
Now, you may be asking, “What storm is hitting the city?!”
Relax — not another snow storm,. Well, maybe. I don’t know,
But, what I mean is the flurry of games that the Wild will be up against for the rest of the year. Here’s a sneak peak:
Thanks to the newly rescheduled games due to COVID-19-generated postponements, the Wild will embark on a stretch of 40 games in 77 days, and boy do I wish I was kidding.
The longest break we have during this is three days between the Feb. 8 game in Winnipeg and the Feb. 12 matchup against the Carolina Hurricanes.
It’s nuts — absolutely nuts — but that’s the way it goes sometimes.
A lot of debate has arisen over the past several weeks on what the team should do to manage this stretch of games. While you wish it were an easy question to answer, it simply isn’t.
Will the Wild make that blockbuster trade every Minnesota sports fan has been waiting for,? Does the team bring up Marco Rossi to take some of the workload off our centermen? Even does Minnesota trade for another goalie, or not?
So many questions.
In a perfect world, the answers would be ‘yes’.
The Wild do make that trade. The Wild do bring up Rossi and have him play more than 10 games to where a year of his contract is now burned, The Wild do sign a new goalie to help Talbot and Kahkonen, The Wild also look to the future and re-sign players.
But, this simply isn’t the case.
This team has it all. Depth, motivation, momentum, leadership up and down, the list goes on. The Wild finally have a superstar that’s going to be around for a while.
This is the year the Minnesota Wild legitimately has a chance to bring the Stanley Cup to the State of Hockey, but will the Wild have enough fuel left in the tank to make it all the way?
I think so. What are your thoughts?