The price for failure can be high. Just think about how it was dealt with on Star Wars, Imperial Admirals who made mistakes were killed by Darth Vader as the ultimate penalty as he used the force to choke them. Since we are talking about failure and choking, why not talk about last night's Wild game against Dallas. After the Wild decided to pay their 'respect' for Mike Modano yet again, Minnesota choked away a 3-2 lead and lost a crucial two points in the standings to a team that has been closing the distance in recent weeks. Just look at the current Western Conference standings.
1. Anaheim Ducks - (43-14-7) ~ 93pts
2. St. Louis Blues - (43-14-6) ~ 92pts
3. San Jose Sharks - (41-17-7) ~ 89pts
4. Chicago Blackhawks - (37-13-4) ~ 88pts
5. Colorado Avalanche - (41-18-5) ~ 87pts
6. Los Angeles Kings - (36-22-6) ~ 78pts
7. Minnesota Wild - (34-22-7) ~ 75pts
8. Dallas Stars - (31-23-10) ~ 72pts
9. Phoenix Coyotes - (29-24-11) ~ 69pts
10. Vancouver Canucks - (29-27-10) ~ 68pts
The Wild are still in the playoff window with at least a game in hand over Anaheim, San Jose, Chicago, Colorado, Los Angeles, Dallas, Phoenix and Vancouver. So its doubtful the fans of Minnesota would wish to give either General Manager Chuck Fletcher (who just recently was signed to a contract extension) or Head Coach Mike Yeo a force choke just yet but last night's game put Dallas in a position where they're just about breathing down our neck.
If the sting of last night's loss wasn't bad enough it also comes with the realization that we have to return to St. Paul to play arguably the best team in the NHL in the St. Louis Blues. The Blues are a perfect 4-0 since they traded for Ryan Miller, and they are a nightmare to matchup against as they have combinations of size, speed, skill and scoring mixed all through their 4 lines. I watched the Blues play Colorado yesterday, a team also playing with a ton of confidence and St. Louis took everything the Avalanche had and still won the game 2-1. Needless to say, the Wild are going to have to play far better than they did last night just to have a chance at beating the Blues this evening. So can Minnesota answer back from its mistake-filled game from last night to pull off an improbable upset today?
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