Still chasing their first playoff berth in five seasons, the Minnesota Wild picked a bad time to deliver one of their worst defensive performances of the season. They also have plenty of room for improvement on the offensive end as they return to St. Paul.
Minnesota will try to snap a season-worst four-game home losing streak on Sunday night against the Calgary Flames.
After finishing no better than third in the Northwest Division since their last postseason series in 2008, the Wild (24-17-3) are still in contention to end Vancouver’s four-year run atop the division. Minnesota is a handful of points off the Canucks’ pace, but it also could easily fall out of the top eight in the Western Conference.
The Wild fell to seventh on Thursday