The Wild are on the road again! Because of course they are. After this road trip, the Wild will have played 13 of their first 18 games on the road. But relief is coming? They have to play 7 of their next 12 away from home, which feels at least a little bit more even.
As always, we need to point out how terrible the Wild have been on the road (Tuesday's game in Anaheim notwithstanding).
Before this road trip:
- The Wild had been outscored 17-4 in the third period on the road.
- They had held the lead in 5 road games at some point and were 1-4 in those games.
- THEY GAVE UP 5 F****N' GOALS TO DALLAS IN THE THIRD PERIOD!
- None of this is good.
So, naturally, they got behind against Anaheim and then calmly ripped off three third period goals to come from behind and win 4-2.
- This team can play good hockey.
- This team is not a good team.
The story of this season so far is just how true both of those statements can be at the same time.
The remainder of this road trip includes the only two teams in the conference with worse records than Minnesota (San Jose and Los Angeles). Minnesota's record against teams currently below them in the standings sits at 2-0 (wins over Ottawa and Los Angeles).
Will this translate into wins? See the two bulleted points above and remember that they are both true and we'll never know which will be more true on any given night with this team.