On the most significant road trip of the season, with a playoff berth hanging in the balance, the Wild's scoring has gone missing, the defense has fallen apart and the goaltending has given up an ugly goal each night.

Timing is everything, and the Wild have timed this all wrong.

They could not have picked a worse time to set out on such a difficult four-game road trip, one referred to a week ago by reinjured winger Guillaume Latendresse as "maybe the hardest road trip you can figure out. Four great teams."

So far: 0-3.

They could not have picked a worse time to have captain Mikko Koivu sidelined by injury.

Koivu missed back-to-back 4-0 losses at Nashville and Dallas before returning at Vancouver and getting a piece of both Wild goals in a 4-2 loss to the Canucks on Monday night.

The Wild could not have picked a worse time to fall behind in three consecutive games, because for this team, in this season, that's one big "forget it" — Minnesota is 8-27-2 when yielding the first goal, 3-17-2 when trailing after one period.

And this team could not have picked a worse time to put together its third three-game losing streak of the season, a skid that left it 11th in the NHL's Western Conference and four points out of the top eight going into Tuesday's games with just 12 games remaining.