The expectations on the Minnesota Wild were very high going into a shortened NHL season. Minnesota started fairly slowly but have picked up the pace over the last several weeks and are now in a tie for first place in the Northwest Division. The Wild have won four straight games going into Saturday’s play and with a fairly easy schedule for the next week, winning another three straight shouldn’t be too hard.
The team has won six of seven games overall and it looks like it is depending more on the likes of Zach Parise and Mikko Koivu now. That has to be a great sign for the Wild, who could easily find themselves with the No. 3 seed by the time the playoffs arrive. There has been the solid play of Ryan Suter as well with his 22 assists and 24 overall points to tie for the team lead with Koivu. Suter was expected to be a big piece to the puzzle when the season began after signing a huge contract and now he is doing exactly what he was signed to do.
The Wild are going to be a team that is nearly impossible to stop in the playoffs if Parise, Suter and Koivu keep doing what they have been doing along with the goaltending of Niklas Backstrom. Minnesota should be quite pleased with how well their team is playing at this point. It could be a very nice and long run in the postseason for Minnesota if they can just keep up playing the way they have been in the last few weeks.