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Minnesota Wild: Gearing up for the playoffs Adidas Justin Schultz Penguins Jersey , our team here at Puck Prose will be looking at each potential NHL playoff team as they clinch their playoff spot. We will be discussing why each club can win the Stanley Cup. This time, we’ll look at a Team from the Central Division.EXPECTATIONS AT BEGINNING OF SEASON?From a roster standpoint, there weren’t many major shakeups for the Minnesota Wild heading into the 2016-17 NHL season. The nucleus stayed intact. It was the coaching that changed this team for the better after last season.Bruce Boudreau, after being fired by the Anaheim Ducks, took over for a Mike Yeo and John Torchetti combination that saw the former fired midway through the year and the latter head to Detroit after his interim time was up. Boudreau brought a new philosophy with him, one that kept the stellar defense rolling but sped up the offense and gave the Wild more scoring opportunities.BIGGEST STRENGTHSFor the majority of the season, this new philosophy has clearly worked out well. The defense has remained in the top five in the goals against category, giving up just over 2.5 goals per game, while the offense has seen a large improvement. The Wild average 3.23 goals per game and get production from all four of its lines.Mar 5 Adidas Tristan Jarry Penguins Jersey , 2017; Saint Paul, MN, USA; Minnesota Wild forward Charlie Coyle (3) at the faceoff in the third period against the San Jose Sharks at Xcel Energy Center. The Minnesota Wild beat the San Jose Sharks 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY SportsThe offensive production has been led by a fantastic year from center Michael Granlund, who has 25 goals and 44 assists on the year. Eric Staal, Jason Zucker, and Nino Niederreiter each have 20-plus goals as well and the captain, Mikko Koivu is just two shy of that mark as well.Goaltending has been a strong point for this Minnesota Wild team, even more so than it was last season. Devan Dubnyk, for most of the season Adidas Evgeni Malkin Penguins Jersey , has been a brick wall in between the pipes. He is 37-19-3 on the season with 2.17 goals against average and a .927 save percentage. His RBS (Really Bad Starts) number sits at five, a respectable number for a goaltender that faces a lot of dangerous shots. There’s no question that Dubnyk’s performance in goal will be crucial to the Wild’s run at a Stanley Cup this spring.At the trade deadline earlier in March, the Wild went all-in, grabbing centers Martin Hanzal and Ryan White from the Arizona Coyotes. Each has 11 games under his belt and are playing some decent hockey in the new sweaters, but it remains to be seen if these are the guys to help Minnesota hoist the Cup. Hanzal has a goal and five assists for the Wild, while White has two goals and an assist thus far.BIGGEST QUESTION MARK: SLUMPINGThere are never any certainties in the NHL postseason, but one thing is for certain: the Minnesota Wild have to get out of the current slump the team is in and find a way to win five or six of these last eight games in the regular season. Over the past 10 games, the Wild are 2-8-0 and have been uncharacteristically poor on both ends of the ice, averaging 2.4 goals per game while giving up 3.4 per.WHY THE WILD CAN WIN THE CUPAlmost every good team goes through droughts throughout the regular season Adidas Womens Matt Murray Jersey , but this drought is coming at the wrong time. Righting the ship and winning the majority of these last eight games will restore the confidence that the Wild will need in order to make a run at Lord Stanley’s Cup. The naysayers will point to Coach Boudreau’s inability to win a game seven — he lost in a game seven four times while at the Anaheim helm — but he has the roster and the gameplan to win in the Western Conference.Next: Washington Capitals: Stanley Cup or BustIf the Wild stay healthy and get the defensive issues figured out over the next couple of weeks, this team has a chance to win a Stanley Cup just 16 seasons into its existence.DEPTH CHARTJason Zucker – Mikko Koivu – Mikael GranlundZach Parise – Eric Staal – Charlie CoyleNino Niederreiter – Martin Hanzal – Jason PominvilleChris Stewart – Ryan White –Jordan SchroederErik HaulaRyan Suter – Jared SpurgeonMarco Scandella – Mathew DumbaJonas Brodin – Nate ProsserChristian Folin –Devan DubnykDarcy KuemperMore from Puck ProseVezina Trophy: Five Best Candidates For Best Goalie1 h agoColumbus Blue Jackets Case For Stanley Cup10h agoNHL Daily: Rasmus Ristolainen, Roman Polak, Sweden.15h agoNHL Daily: Derek Stepan, William Nylander, Boston Bruins1 d agoConnor McDavid Is the Best Player in Hockey1 d agoThis article originally appeared on . Doug Gilmour Jersey Felix Potvin Jersey Garret Sparks Jersey Jake Gardiner Jersey

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