ST. PAUL, Minn. The Minnesota Wild returned Monday from the All-Star break refreshed and focused on climbing in the Western Conference standings.
It's amazing what two wins and some rest can do for a team.
After a precipitous fall from the top of the NHL to out of a playoff spot in less than a month, Minnesota recovered by winning two games and entered last week's break in the eighth spot in the Western Conference.
The all-star break perhaps came at the perfect time for the Wild. After Monday's practice, the struggles of late December and early January seemed in the distant past.
"I don't think it's a question of us holding onto it," forward Cal Clutterbuck said of the team's current playoff spot. "It's a question of us climbing the ladder from here. If you look at it that way, if you look at it like we're hanging on, that's not a very good attitude to go win hockey games. We're going to try to climb the ladder and get back to the way we were playing games the first 30 games of...