Another loss for the Minnesota Wild meant more frustration for head coach Bruce Boudreau.
Last weekend, he called his team’s performance “embarrassing” following a loss to the lowly Canucks.
On Saturday, he took issue with his team’s work ethic after a 3-0 loss to the Nashville Predators. Filip Forsberg scored his 31st goal of the season, while Kevin Fiala added another goal just 10 seconds later, and suddenly the Wild were in the hole. P.K. Subban added the insurance marker late in the third period.
That’s a big win for the Predators, who need only a single point tomorrow to secure a playoff spot.
Meanwhile, the Wild continue to struggle. This has been a prolonged period of losing and tumult for a team that was challenging for top spot in the league at the beginning of last month.
Back then, Chicago was five points back of Minnesota.
Now? The Wild are officially out of contention for first in the Central Division.
“First ten minutes we were good, after that we lost battles…they outworked us,” said Boudreau, per the Wild. “We’ve got to come to play every game. We can’t be satisfied with a 5-1 victory once a week.”
That victory Boudreau is referring to came Thursday against the Ottawa Senators. That is one of only four wins for the Wild since the beginning of March.
The Wild have a relatively light schedule to end the season. They play the Colorado Avalanche twice, beginning Sunday, and the Arizona Coyotes to close out the regular season. Their toughest opponent figures to be Carolina, which is 7-0-3 in its last 10 games and still clinging to the slimmest of hopes for a playoff spot in the East.
“We can’t take anybody lightly,” said Boudreau. “We’ve got four games left. We’ve got to play them all hard and hopefully we can be consistent come two weeks from now.”