Grand Forks Herald — Less than 12 hours after coach Bruce Boudreau declared this year’s team to be much different than the one that rattled off 12 consecutive victories last December, the Wild proved him right by giving up four unanswered goals in the third period of a 5-2 loss to the Kings at Staples Center on Tuesday, Dec. 5.
It was yet another stark reminder that there is something missing from this year’s team.
“They don’t have that self-confidence that I think we had last year,” Boudreau said after Tuesday’s game. “You know, our third periods (last year), we knew we were going to win. Now, I think because every game has been a battle, every game has been nip and tuck, they maybe aren’t as confident as they should be.”
I don’t blame Minnesota WIld forward Ryan Suter for calling out his teammates. Maybe that’ll give them some motivation to turn this season around. The Wild are two games above .500 but it hasn’t been the most entertaining season to watch. Suter’s comments are wrong either. The team is showing a lack of confidence towards the end of games because they find themselves in holes. Minnesota ranks 21 and 30 in goals scored in the first and second period of games. In the third period, however, they are one of the best. They rank 4th with 37 goals scored in the final period. Start fast, end fast, win more games. That’s the analysis from a mediocre fan, not the expert.