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Boudreau: Some Wild players are shells of the guys I've known

Boudreau: Some Wild players are shells of the guys I've known
Published On: Sat, Feb 09
May 30, 2015; Anaheim, CA, USA; Anaheim Ducks head coach Bruce Boudreau in the third period in game seven of the Western Conference Final of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Chicago Blackhawks at Honda Center. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

The Wild picked up its pursuit of a playoff spot after an eight-day break propped up by the cushion from a three-game win streak, but since the team resumed playing, all ita€™s done is lose.

And after dropping its fourth straight, a horde of clubs are now nipping at its heels a€” pressure that will be difficult to hold off if the Wild continues to sleepwalk through games like it did Thursday at Xcel Energy Center in a listless 4-1 loss to the Oilers.

a€œIta€™s either find your sense of urgency and do what you have to do to win,a€ coach Bruce Boudreau said, a€œor bad things are going to happen.a€

The Wild holds the top wild-card spot in the Western Conference, but five teams chasing the Wild grabbed at least a point on the same night the team sagged against one of those challengers. That trimmed its cushion to just two points only hours after General Manager Paul Fenton made it clear hea€™s still evaluating the rostera€™s play to determine his course of action ahead of the NHL trade deadline this month.

a€œEveryone wants to be here in this room and win,a€ winger Marcus Foligno said. a€œBut if we keep putting up efforts like this, ita€™s pretty easy for the GM to make a phone call.a€

It was also a poor first impression of what the rest of the Wilda€™s season could look like without captain Mikko Koivu, who missed his first game since he tore the anterior cruciate ligament and meniscus in his right knee.

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