ESPN doesn’t do hockey any favors, and my bitterness towards them for it shines through. Still, Pierre LeBrun does a great job, and since I know he is reading this, I want him to know that we hold his work in high regard. As for that of his employer… that’s a topic for another day.
LeBrun drops the Wild four spots to 24th in the league, down from the 20 spot last week. Indeed, the playoffs are a pipe dream at this point, as he points out:
Remember a while back when we said it looked as though the Wild might be jumping back into the playoff fray in the West? Never mind. The Wild have gone five games without a win and continue to struggle to score five-on-five. GM Chuck Fletcher’s patience is wearing thin.