Published: Sun, April 15, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Patrik Laine plays air-violin after burying Wild in Game 2

Patrik Laine plays air-violin after burying Wild in Game 2

The setting is familiar, and the home ice at Xcel Energy Center has been good to the Wild all season. "We know that we can play a lot better".

The onus is on the Kings to break that stretch moving forward.Jets put Wild in a 2-0 hole with another big night for offenseZach Parise got on the board for the second time in Minnesota's series against Winnipeg, but that was about all the Wild had for the younger, faster and more productive Jets.

If it begins similar to the way Friday's ended, it could be a wild match. Dumba stayed home from practice Saturday under orders from the coach, who said he will be ready on Sunday. Now, coming into this one, we've had a great season and there's more expectation.

"We've talked at length about playoff experience for our team", Winnipeg head coach Paul Maurice said Friday morning. "It's a loud building, so what we need to do is handle it. We're really only focused on home games at this point", the spokesman said.

Sunday's game is slightly in jeopardy, as the Jets weren't able to fly into the Twin Cities on Saturday because of the snowstorm.

"We've had quite a few players out for quite a while here".

Sean Couturier played a fantastic game and finished with three points. The team has averaged 18,042 fans a game in the regular season while playing to 103.9 per cent capacity at the T-Mobile Arena. "And they're a resilient group".

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If they keep taking penalties and giving up that many shots Elliott is going to have to be the difference in the series. "I think it was just about a response".

It won't be an easy task by any means for the Wild, though, considering they were outshot 83-37 in Games 1 and 2 combined. For Boudreau, it was also about lifting the spirits of a team that has struggled to mount any offense. A hard thing to do when you'd only made the playoffs once before, in 2015, and were swept in four straight games by the Anaheim Ducks. "But it's not like losing, getting down 0-2 in your own building and then having to go to their building". "I hope there are enough fans there to pump the boys up", he said.

"You're not going to win like that".

"It would be disappointing if we can't go, but it is what it is". "I'm not going to speculate on whether we're going to use him or not use him".

But the team's success at home this season is a good place to start when looking for a rallying cry.

"Nothing better than winning on the road, so I think we know it's going to be a tough atmosphere, a hostile environment". "It's beginning to be a bad habit of ours. You'd like to say you played the ideal game, but somebody else has a vote out there", coach Jon Cooper said Saturday after a 5-3 victory in Game 2 of the first-round matchup. They've been waiting a long time for this. "We've got to play our absolute best".

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