Minnesota Wild coach Mike Yeo has been trying to tame expectations for his club, which is a tall order given the nearly 200 million dollars committed to signing Zach Parise and Ryan Suter in the offseason.
Despite having some trouble scoring, though, Minnesota has been on a bit of a roll lately.
The Wild seek a fourth victory in their last five tries Thursday night as they visit the Phoenix Coyotes, who are hoping to have Martin Hanzal and Radim Vrbata back from injury.
Minnesota (9-7-2) hasn't gotten off to the ideal start it hoped for with Parise and Suter in the mix, though it has come on stronger of late. Parise scored a power-play goal in overtime to give the Wild a 2-1 win over Calgary on Tuesday as they improved to 5-2-1 over their last eight.
"If we thought that we were just going to sign a couple players and all of a sudden we've arrived, and they were going to open the gates, and here we are, a playoff team, that's not reality," Yeo said. "It...