What’s wrong with Wild? Yeo says ‘everything’
When losses really start to blur together, it probably gets pretty tough to find different ways to spin things.
Minnesota Wild head coach Mike Yeo seemed to have trouble finding a specific explanation following Saturday’s 3-1 loss to the Nashville Predators, as the Pioneer Press’ Chad Graff reports.
“When you’re losing games the way we are, everything is an issue,” Yeo said. “It’s been something different every game ... We’re spinning our tires (looking for a solution).”
Even the red-hot Predators seemed to take notice of the Wild’s issues, as they told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune’s Michael Russo that they noticed how “low energy” Minnesota was after playing well in the first period.
Ryan Suter’s out there as much as any skater in the NHL, yet he doesn’t know what to make of this crisis, noting that he’s never been through anything like this.
If there’s one trend through this wide variety of defeats (Minnesota only has two wins since Dec. 16), it’s been poor goaltending, something that really stood out as Pekka Rinne won his fifth game in a row and stopped 36 out of 37 shots for Nashville. Niklas Backstrom hasn’t really had any more luck than Darcy Kuemper when it comes to winning games for the Wild, as his record dropped to 5-5-3 on the season with a putrid .893 save percentage.
Sometimes it’s easy to forget that goaltending can make one coach look like a genius or a dunce, but either way, things are getting awfully uncomfortable for Yeo and the Wild.