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Houston, We Have a Problem! It All Comes Down to Tonight.

April 27, 2013, 12:20 PM ET [76 Comments]
Brad Ratgen
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Wild: “Houston, We Have a Problem”
Aeros: “Again!?!?!?!?!!?!?!”

Jason Zucker and Stephan Veilleux have been recalled after recently being sent down. At this point, shuttling players back and forth just looks ridiculous. If they weren’t good enough to be here 2 games ago, what makes them important enough now? It just shows the level of dispair currently in Minnesota, in my opinion.

Then, I’m hearing that Owner Craig Leipold’s trip up to the GM’s box in the press box involved slamming of doors, yelling, swearing and Fletcher exiting the GM’s box for the remainder of the game.

Speculation as to Yeo’s job being on the line and dependent on the outcome of tonight’s game/the Wild’s playoff fortunes is running rampant on Twitter.

These are signs of a team on the verge of imploding. Missing out on the opportunity to return to the playoffs after playing lights out in March would be absolutely epic. Fans of every other NHL team are mocking the Wild for spending all their money on 2 guys and still not being able to get the job done. All the while, the Columbus Blue Jackets are becoming the darlings of the NHL and the only thing standing in their way are the Minnesota Wild.

At this point, you almost have to like Columbus’ odds of making it into the post-season and doing some damage.

Should the Wild lose, would Yeo and/or Fletcher really be gone? If so, who’s out there as replacement candidates? Lindy Ruff reportedly wants the opportunity to be both coach and GM. Brian Burke comes to mind from a GM perspective. What about coaches? You would almost have to go with a veteran at this point. Perhaps Peter Laviolette should he not survive in Philly. Who else is out there?

Don’t get me wrong. Fletcher and Yeo are both GREAT guys and are good people. But, Craig Leipold is a businessman who demands results. For him, it may be post-season or bust.

Perhaps all of the rumors and speculation have no merit. But, if they do, then watch out Wild fans, changes may be coming.

As for tonight:

Minnesota is in Colorado tonight. Colorado is 12-8-3 at home this season. The Wild are 11-11-1 on the road this season. The Avs are 2-2-2 at home in April. Minnesota is 3-3-0 on the road so far in April.

Also tonight, Columbus is home to Nashville. Columbus is 13-5-5 at home this season. Nashville is 5-13-5 on the road. The Blue Jackets have all the momentum right now having only lost 3 times in March and only once at home (to the Wild coincidentally). The Preds are 0-2-2 on the road in April.

Lastly, Detroit is in Dallas tonight. Dallas is 11-10-2 at home. Detroit is 10-9-4 on the road this year. The Stars are 3-2-0 at home in April this year. The Red Wings are 2-2-2 thus far in April.

It all comes down to tonight for the Wild, the Red Wings and the Blue Jackets. How do you see it playing out tonight and who will you be cheering either for or against?
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