Yeo! The Wild lost five consecutive games heading into today’s game against the Blues.
This downturn is making general manager Chuck Fletcher anxious. Coach Mike Yeo is becoming increasingly uncomfortable, particularly after his team blew a three-goal lead over the hapless Islanders.
“No one likes to lose five games in a row, no one likes to lose the way we did (Sunday) night. Unfortunately these things happen,” Fletcher told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. “The key is … you can’t bring that baggage into the St. Louis game. As painful as it is, it’s over.”
Or is it? Since Nov. 25 the Wild’s record is 5-11-1. This team went from fighting for a high playoff seed to fighting to get back into the bracket.
This has led to speculation about Yeo’s job security.
“That’s always the reaction in sports,” Fletcher said. “I go back to, ‘Do you define your team based on five games or based on 36?’ If every time you have a five-game winning streak or a five-game losing streak you start to overreact either way, you’re going to be in trouble in this business.
“You’re going to have stretches where you lose games in every season, and we’re in one right now. We’ve got to get out of it. We have the personnel here — both coaches and players — that can get us out of it. If I can help out in any way, I’m going to try. Right now I think overreacting is not the right approach. We’ve got to show faith in this group.”