Sunday, February 21, 2016
The Minnesota Wild Loved Their First NHL Stadium Series Game
Minnesota Wild fans have waited many years to host an outdoor game. They've also waited for a home win in 2016. Wild fans saw their team's first ever stadium series game and they saw their team win a home game.
The Wild entered the game on a three game winning streak that saw the Wild score five goals in each game. Today at TCF Bank Stadium, Wild fans saw their team torch the defending Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks. They beat their Nemesis 6-1. The Blackhawks were never in this game.
John Torchetti Has Put the Torch In The Wild
There's no question that since John Torchetti has taken over as the interim head coach of the Minnesota Wild, that the team has played with a sense of urgency and energy.
The offense has exploded as Torchetti has allowed players to play their game and awarded players that have produced with more playing time. The players have responded and seem to be rejoicing in their new found freedom to play their own brand of offense.
Eric Haula has blossomed into the offensive player that Wild fans knew he was capable of becoming. For me the player that has responded the most is Jason Pominville. He had struggled to net a goal and he's now scored multiple goals since Torchetti took over the reins of the team.
The Wild have not only won games but they've exploded as far as scoring goals is concerned. For this Wild fan, it's been amazing to see the team score five goals or more in the last four games.
The Minnesota Wild Passed Their Biggest Test Since Torchetti
Today's game against the mighty Blackhawks was the team's biggest test since Torchetti took over. This was a huge with a capital H test for the Wild and the Wild passed this test with flying colors.
The Wild destroyed the Blackhawks. The mighty team today was the Wild.
Going into today's game, I didn't feel the Wild would win. The Blackhawks always seem to have Minnesota's number in big games. I was fearful that the momentum that the Wild had gained would disappear.
I'm extremely happy that I was wrong. This was the type of game that will hopefully give the Wild even more confidence as they face tough competition going forward.
It's a Wrap
I'm not going to feel too comfortable yet. This is the Wild we're talking about but I do see major signs of improvement with this team.
The Minnesota Wild have shown their fans that they are capable of playing great hockey. This team has improved in each of their past four games.
The Wild are now back in the playoff race and if they can continue to play the way they have the past four games, there's no reason to believe that they won't make the playoffs.
Before I sign off from writing this post, Wild fans should keep Jason Zucker in their thoughts and prayers. Let's hope that Zucker is fine.