It's a testament to the Minnesota Wild's ridiculously torrid November that their December tailspin hasn't sent them spiraling down the standings. They're still leading the Northwest Division, although the Vancouver Canucks can usurp them Friday night with a victory. Their 45 points is still a comfortable margin away from the playoff bubble.
That's the good news. Now the bad: They're 0-4-2 in their last six games, scoring one goal or less in five of them. Worse yet, they don't resemble the team that would exert its will on opponents both defensively and offensively, controlling tempo with undeniable work ethic under coach Mike Yeo:
After last night's loss to the Edmonton Oilers, 4-1, Michael Russo of the Star Tribune offered this assessment:
It's no longer playing like the "team" that was so unbreakable during a stretch of 17 wins in 21 games. Its division lead is down to one point over red-hot Vancouver.
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