Though the Minnesota Wild are mired in one of the worst skids in franchise history, first-year coach Mike Yeo is staying upbeat.
Looking to avoid setting a franchise record with their ninth straight loss, the Wild meet the last-place Edmonton Oilers on Thursday night for the sixth and final time this season.
Minnesota's skid grew to eight - matching the club's longest set from March 10-26 - with a 2-1 shootout loss to Nashville on Wednesday. Dany Heatley tied it with 3:59 left in regulation, but neither Matt Cullen, Mikko Koivu nor Pierre-Marc Bouchard could end the slide in the tiebreaker.
Yeo was pleased, nonetheless.
"For sure it was important, and not just for the sake of getting a point," he said. "It was a reminder that if we stay with things, if we play our game for 60 minutes, then we are going to have a great chance to win the game. We didn't win the game today, but I believe we deserved to win it."