Three games into their season, the "new Wild" look much like the old Wild, some say. They're 2-1 and, despite the additions of Zach Parise, Ryan Suter and Mikael Granlund, have scored just six goals. When it was suggested to Parise after practice Wednesday, Jan. 23, that some fans are expecting a more polished product, he rolled his eyes. "It's three games," he said. "It's three games." Parise said fans who figure this year's Wild should dominate opponents and rack up large numbers of goals haven't been paying attention: The Wild had a six-day training camp with no exhibition games and then played three games in four days with no practices in between. No team comes out of the chute in high gear, he said. "The league is so hard," Parise said. "It's tough to score goals in this league. I don't think anyone's worried about it." Captain Mikko Koivu called the Wild's start typical for any team's first games. Six goals in three games doesn't indicate how many chances the Wild have had, he noted, and eventually chances result in goals. And one statistic is different from past seasons: Minnesota has outshot its opponents 35-27, 32-24 and 30-26 in its first three games. The Wild were outshot regularly last season and by 44 shots over 10 games in just the first month.
Minnesota Wild preach patience after slow start offensively
St. Paul Pioneer Press | Jan 24