Three Reasons The Minnesota Wild Missed The Playoffs

Joseph GuntherContributor IJuly 14, 2009

UNIONDALE, NY - MARCH 25: Marian Gaborik #10 of the Minnesota Wild skates against the New York Islanders on March 25, 2009 at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The Minnesota Wild had a disappointing season, despite coming within one point of making the playoffs.

There were several factors that led the Wild to go from the Northwest Division winners to watching the playoffs on television. The main three factors are scoring the first goals of the game, injuries and road woes.

The Wild, like many almost every other team in the league, were below .500 when giving up the first goal of the game. When the Wild scored first it was above .500. The problem is that the Wild gave up the first goal of the game more than it scored it.

The Wild missed several key players due to injury, including Marian Gaborik.

The Wild was below .500 on the road. All eight teams that were above .500 on the road made the playoffs, and seven of the eight advanced to the second round.

Click here for the full breakdown of why the Wild missed the playoffs.