It’s like being in a hurricane, the same one that has hit your town for the last three years. But this hurricane is different. This hurricane blows over some stop signs, floods the streets but then all of sudden gives way to blue skies. The survivors are the 2015 Minnesota Wild.

It was all too similar of 2013-14 when the Wild had a 5-9 December and fought back to reach a 8th seed in the playoffs. Last season, a 4-5-4 December and a 5-6-2 January resulted in GM Chuck Fletcher signing a goalie and a savior in Devan Dubnyk. The rest is history for the Wild as they went 22-5-1 in the months of February and March, clinching a playoff spot for the third year in a row.

The beginning of the storm

Oddly enough it, like November of last season, the storm started with the Penguins. Coming in 10-3-3, the Penguins beat the Wild 4-3. In Boston, the Wild couldn’t hold off Bruins RW Loui Ericksson as he scored a hat trick against the Wild team without D-men Marco Scandella and Jonas Brodin. Losing to good teams like the Bruins and Pens on the road was no cause for too much panic because the Wild were coming home for 4-straight games where they don’t lose often.

The Wild shutout the Predators, restoring all faith back into the season. The Wild fell flat to teams like Vancouver, Winnipeg and the worst of all blowing a 3-goal lead in the third period to lose to Dallas in OT. “Here we go again” was echoed throughout the Wild fan base.

This season was different, but in ways it was more cause for concern than the last twoseasons.

As the losses started piling up and the Wild fell in the arguably most competitive Central division, it wasn’t so easy to just go out and pick up a goalie, a scorer, or a defender.

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The pieces are in place for the Wild, this is the team that will win the cup or get eliminated by the Blackhawks for the billionth straight year.

Whether it was coach Mike Yeo’s apparent yelling at practice which unfortunately didn’t result in viral video, the Wild that play fun offense and don’t let shots get by on D are back having won 3 in a row before losing to Colorado in OT. For how long is what we shall see.

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