This is what it looks like when the wheels come off.
The Wild are juggling their lines, calling guys up from the minors, making trades and holding players-only meetings.
But after dropping a 2-1 decision to the Phoenix Coyotes on Monday, Feb. 4, in front of 9,508 at Jobing.com Arena, they are 4-4-1.
And no one is happy.
Players shut the locker-room doors after the game and talked things over for 22 minutes.
Coach Mike Yeo noted a few good things his team did, but punctuated that by shaking his head.
"Still," he said, "we've got to find a way."
Forward Zach Parise, who scored the only goal for a team that has been limited to 21 goals in nine games, said there are no bonus points for close calls in the NHL.
"There have been too many games already this year where we've come out and said, 'Oh, we did OK,' " Parise said. "The bottom line is, we're not winning."
The urgency stems from a 48-game season that is nearly 20 percent over.
There's little room for any kind of a slide.
Now the Wild have lost two straight and played so poorly in a loss at Anaheim on Friday night that Yeo and general manager Chuck Fletcher immediately began making moves. The two road losses came on the heels of a bit of good fortune that allowed the Wild to topple the Chicago Blackhawks in a shootout three games ago or things would be worse.
Minnesota Wild grasp for answers after another close loss
St. Paul Pioneer Press | Feb 5