The good news? Nobody on the Wild got hurt in Wednesday’s game against the St. Louis Blues. That’s the most important thing with the playoffs starting up over the weekend.
The bad news? The matchup itself didn’t inspire much confidence as the Wild suffered a 4-0 loss in the penultimate game of the regular season.
This game was hardly competitive as the Wild looked lackadaisical and/or disinterested for most of the 60 minutes. It’s hard to blame them considering there wasn’t much to play for by midway through the game.
With the Colorado Avalanche earning a blowout win over the Los Angeles Kings elsewhere, the Wild were pretty much locked into the No. 3 seed before their game even ended. That means the Wild will open the first round on the road against either the Vegas Golden Knights or Colorado Avalanche.
As for the game against the Blues, the Wild actually started fast before quickly shifting into neutral. That happened midway through the first period as the Blues took control with a goal from Ivan Barbashev to make it 1-0, followed by a goal from Jaden Schwartz to stretch the lead to 2-0.
It got worse in the second period as the Wild struggled to solve backup goaltender Ville Husso. He stood on his head for prolong stretches making notable saves on Kirill Kaprizov and Mats Zuccarello, among others.
Meanwhile, the Blues kept their foot on the gas with a one-timer from Torey Krug to make it 3-0 and a goal from David Perron a few minutes later to make it 4-0.
That paved the way for the third period where neither the Wild nor the Blues seemed interested in scoring goals. They took a combined eight shots on goal in the final frame before the final buzzer sounded.
For the glass-half-full people, the Wild losing won’t mean much. They secured a playoff berth a long time ago, and thus, the final week of the regular season was pretty much pointless.
For the glass-half-empty people, the Wild losing might be a little concerning. They struggled in a matchup with another playoff team, and with the playoffs starting up over the weekend, they aren’t exactly firing on all cylinders.