If you're looking for a reason to root for someone in the playoffs, maybe this will help. The names below are taken from the active rosters during the last week of the regular season, as playoff rosters had not yet been set when this was written. If anyone was missed, please mention them in an LTE.
I thought the Wild played well in both games in St. Louis, minus a few hiccups that didn't hurt them in game 1, but did in game 2. The series is shaping up to be the close battle that everyone predicted it to be.
So now the series is in Minnesota and it's on the Wild to hold onto home-ice advantage. Generally the Wild have been good at home under Mike Yeo in the playoffs (6-2 record in the last two playoff years), but the home record hasn't been exactly spectacular as the season finished.
The historical pessimism corner:
The Wild have never finished a home game with a series lead in franchise history.
The Wild are 9-15 in games following a playoff loss in their history.
The Wild are 10-17 in playoff games played in arenas where I have attended a hockey game.
Historical pessimism worked so well last time, so here's a few more nuggets.
The Minnesota Wild have only ever held a lead in a playoff series twice.
Once in 2003 when they won game 1 to lead 1-0 against the Avalanche. They lost the next three games.
Once in 2008 when they won game 3 to lead 2-1 against the Avalanche. They lost the next three games.
The Minnesota Wild have never played a home playoff game where they entered the game with a series lead. (In actuality, they've never finished a home playoff game with a series lead, but that's a nugget for later in the series, I think)
Game 1 was a good game for the Wild, they just need to do that again.
Didn't catch much of the game yesterday (or at any point in the past 10 days...) due to moving. I did see Hicks was a HR short of the cycle and that rookie Chris Herrmann jacked his first career homerun. Doumit, Consensual Pork and Dozier also found the bleachers as the Twins combined for 16 hits.