Minnesota Wild: The Season That Got Away

Bob DunhamContributor IMarch 17, 2009

The Minnesota Wild have their ups and down this season, but a collapse in the last 10 games has almost taken the team out of playoff contention.  They have gone 0-8-2 in those games, with multiple loses in overtime and in shootouts.

As of today, the Wild sit with St. Louis for 10th place in the Western Conference.  They have 14 games left to make a push for the final playoff position, which is currently held by Nashville.

The loss of Marion Gaborik for most of the season has demoralized this team from the start.  They only have a few pure scorers on this team which include Mikko Koivu, Owen Nolan, and Brett Burns.  The goaltending has been solid for most of the year, but Nick Backstrom can only keep his team in it as best as he can.

Gaborik should return to the Wild within a week or so, but will it be to late for the final push to make the playoffs.

Head coach Jacques Lemaire is getting frustrated with the lack of play from his team, in both the offensive and defensive side of the puck.

The Wild, who won the division last season, are on the brink of failing to make the playoffs this year.