Two victories to start the 2015-16 season has not changed the approach of Minnesota Wild Head Coach Mike Yeo and his players, who know they have kinks to work out and areas to tighten up in their game.
“Scoring eight goals in two games, you have to be doing a lot of good things to make that happen to be 2-0…but again we’re not a team that is just going to rest on that,” Yeo said after practice Sunday morning. “We have to continue to get better and there is a number of areas where we can do that.”
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And with four days before facing the Arizona Coyotes in Glendale the Wild is looking forward to the opportunity to regroup and reflect on what they’ve been able to produce thus far.
“It’s a thing you need to take advantage of when you get these days off and you can get some work in and work on the systems,” said Mikko Koivu. “It’s a lot better to have these days after you win...before a big road trip.”
Charlie Coyle, who scored two goals in the 3-2 victory over St. Louis Saturday night, felt the same way.
“This just gives us time to work on some things we need to work on, tighten some things up and watch a little film and see what we need to do better,” Coyle said.
Yeo knows the team is all pulling in the same direction and is making sure the schedule reflects the need to rest and push.
“The guys put the work in today and that’s what we needed,” Yeo said. “You have to kind of grind through it - like I said I knew the guys were going to be tired today but you have to kind of grind through it and this gives us a full day and a half of rest now and then we’ll have an opportunity to come back after a day off basically and have two practices.”
When asked about goaltending duties for the upcoming West Coast road trip, Yeo said the plan is for Devan Dubnyk and Darcy Kuemper to both get time in net.
“Dubnyk in Arizona is probably where we’re going now,” Yeo said. “Kuemper has played very well in LA. That’s kind of the idea. Dubnyk’s old team and Kuemper’s past in LA.”
- Players are off on Monday.
- Jason Zucker was not on the ice, having been given a maintenance day.
- Tyler Graovac is recovering from a lower body injury and the team will not know where he stands until practice on Tuesday and Wednesday, before heading out to Arizona. There are no plans to make a roster move in the next couple days according to Yeo.