ST. PAUL -- It's not difficult to get up for a game when the opponent is arguably the top team in the NHL.
The challenge for the Wild now, as it navigates the doldrums of the regular season, will be playing with that same emotion against teams that aren't at that level and aren't ones Minnesota is battling for playoff positioning with.
"That's the biggest key for us," said Wild forward Jason Zucker. "We need to make sure we play our game, because if we play our game, I think we can win a lot of hockey games down the stretch. Especially with the All-Star Game coming, we need to make sure we get these two wins and have a good break and carry momentum after that as well."