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Wild Fall To Sharks, 3-2, Despite Backstrom's 47 Saves

The Minnesota Wild hardly look like the team that was on the verge of hosting a playoff series just a few weeks ago, as they lost their fourth straight game on Thursday night, falling 3-2 to the San Jose Sharks.

Goalie Niklas Backstrom stopped 47 shots on the night, but it just wasn't enough to garner a victory for the Wild on this night, as the Sharks got the go-ahead goal on a play where Backstrom made the initial save and the puck bounced in off of Brent Burns' leg.

Over at Hockey Wilderness, they know that the chances of the Wild making the playoffs now are incredibly slim, and they're looking for answers.

Honestly, I don't think it's all on Richards. I don't think they have the personnel to make the playoffs, let alone make a run once in. Sure, it's bad when the captain is out for an extended period of time, along with one of the top four defensemen, but the fact is that these guys didn't suffer badly with Mikko Koivu and Marek Zidlicky out. Yes, missing Guillaume Latendresse all season hurt, but they were in position two weeks ago to make the playoffs without him.

So coach, which is it? The players or the coaching?

Keep an eye on Hockey Wilderness for more insight into the team.

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Wild Need To Get It Going Against Sharks

Apologies for the lateness of this particular posting.

The Minnesota Wild have had a rough last few games, and have seen themselves drop to eleventh place in the Western Conference playoff race. They need to start winning if they want to harbor even a little bit of hope of making it to the 2011 NHL playoffs, but right now, the playoff pulse of the team is faint.

Over at Hockey Wilderness. . .well, to say they're pessimistic would be understating it a bit.

Let's be honest, this doesn't matter. Sure, the Wild can secure a season series win over the Sharks if they beat them tonight, but they haven't won in regulation in that building since 2006.

For a team with great playoff positioning (in fact, only 3 points out of hosting a first round series 10 days ago, the past week has been a slide of biblical proportions. You have to wonder where the heart, soul and effort went. What went so wrong? Why has a team that was turning things around and heading into the playoffs in the driver's seat seemingly given up? The Wild are 3-6-1 in the last 10, and frankly look like a team going 0-10-0. They have a massive uphill battle to not miss the playoffs for the third straight season, and I can't see it happening. Fork.Stuck.Done.

Hopefully, the Wild can go out and put forth the effort necessary to get the job done tonight. At this very moment, they're tied at one with the Sharks in the second period.

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