Even though the Wild should have won most of their games they are struggling to score goals (the only statistic that matters). The Minnesota Wild has scored and average of 2.11 goals per game. That just doesn't cut it in the NHL.
The Wild played the Florida Panthers on Saturday night. They had a lackluster first period but played decent hockey for the last two periods. They had the best scoring chances but couldn't net a goal.
The Panthers did by drawing even in the third period and that's all they needed to send the game into a shootout where they obliterated the Wild.
The Wild even had 5-3 Power Play in the third period but couldn't do anything with it. The inability to score goals has gotten into the heads of the team's players. They are now trying to will the puck into the net. That's obviously not the approach to take.
The Panthers are a pathetic team. They came into this game with a record of 2-6 and have had just as many problems scoring goals as the Wild. The Panthers also have the worst attendance in the NHL. This should have been a game where the Wild came out of with a W.
It's not like the Wild aren't playing well or displaying any effort. They are. Their effort is exemplary. They're playing great hockey but haven't got any breaks. You would think the breaks will come eventually and they might but how many games will they have lost until that happens.
The inability to score goals has been a problem for a few years now for this team. Last year the Wild went out and signed superstars Zach Parisse and Ryan Suter. These guys didn't play until January due to the lockout. The wild signed Jason Pominville just prior to the trade deadline expiring.
You would think that the Wild would be scoring in bunches with these guys but that's not happening. The problem for the Wild is that they can't get their top two lines going at the same time and on most nights all lines lay an egg as far as scoring goals is concerned.
The guy's doing a good job. The Wild have only given up an average of 2.44 goals per game this year. If the Wild were averaging 3 goals a game they would have won all but one or two games.
I really hope that the Minnesota Wild start scoring goals soon. They are a club with great potential and if they can net a few goals per game they will be in a position to contend for Lord Stanley's Cup.
Unfortunately I'm not optimistic that the Wild's pucks will start finding the back of the net in bunches. I don't know what it is. Is it the drinking water in St. Paul that causes Wild team after Wild team to struggle scoring goals? I don't know but it's extremely frustrating watching this team's goal drought continue game after game.
I feel terrible for Josh Harding. He has filled in for the injured Niklas Backstrom and done a great job. He keeps the Wild in the game until the bitter end in all his starts. He deserves to have a better win loss record. It's time that his teammates pick up the slack and start scoring goals.
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