The Minnesota Wild returned to practice on Monday with a sense of urgency and intensity after the weeklong All-Star break.
It showed on the ice and in talking to Head Coach Mike Yeo and players afterwards.
“I think what you saw today was a real good, crisp, intense practice and we know where we’re at, we know what’s gone on and we’re ready to finish writing the story,” Yeo said.
The characters in this story made no excuses after having time to reflect on the first part of the season, putting the onus on them to find a successful finish.
“We have to start playing better, there’s no way around it,” Zach Parise said.
“We’ve got to start scoring. We’ve got to start winning some games. We were in a pretty comfortable spot and now all of the sudden we’re on the outside looking in. Hopefully we can have a good road trip and start this last thirty-some games the right way.”
Along with urgency and intensity was the constant undertone of accountability in the locker room.
Mikko Koivu agreed the Wild needs to find it’s scoring touch from earlier in the season and noted there is no special approach beyond putting in the necessary time and effort.
“I don’t think there’s any magic on it, you’ve just got to work on it and find it again,” Koivu said.
Building off of Koivu and Parise, both on and off the ice, Charlie Coyle put it square on the guys wearing the Wild jerseys as well.
“It starts with our leaders and we’ve got great leadership in here and we’re going to follow suit and take it upon ourselves … it’s here for us if we want it,” Coyle said.
Now as the Wild heads to New York to face the Islanders and Rangers, before a stop in St. Louis to play the division rival Blues this week, the plot will begin to play out, with the Wild driving to make it similar to past successful second halves under Yeo.
“We’re going into some tough buildings, playing against some good teams, but again, we’re excited about this next chapter in the season,” Yeo said.Today's Videos: