It has been nothing but March Sadness for the Wild.

Once a fast, structured team that was at the top of the West in goals, goals against, victories and points, the Wild's game has deteriorated since a torrid stretch from early December to late February.

In the first eight games of March, the Wild has lost six times in regulation — the same number it had the previous 38 games.

Coach Bruce Boudreau is at a loss. He wondered if the team is fatigued "or whatever" with the playoffs less than a month away. Even before the Wild ended an alarming 1-4 road trip, Boudreau said this should be a time "everything's running smoothly because we've been doing the same things for six months." Now he sees players freelancing and "going on their own course."

"Some nights one thing is going well and we're missing a part somewhere else, so it's costing us games," said veteran Zach Parise. "But luckily we've got some points early in the season where we've got room to turn it around and figure it out before we get to the playoffs.

"But we have to start playing better right now."

In March, the Wild has scored 2.13 goals per game and allowed 2.88. The power play is 2-for-25 and on the road trip the Wild allowed a power-play goal in all four losses.

The Wild's .750 points percentage (30-6-4) when scoring the first goal is fifth-best in the NHL, but in the past 360 minutes of hockey, it has led for only 12 minutes, 40 seconds and has given up the first goal in nine of the past 11 games.