Shortly after the Wild's embarrassing loss to the Vancouver Canucks Thursday, coach Mike Yeo did not mince words when talking about his team's performance. He said many guys on the team aren't playing with urgency.
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Yeo: 'I think we're good enough'
A day after saying the Wild "stink" following a 5-2 loss to the Canucks, head coach Mike Yeo has had a change of heart. He says the Wild and its fans deserve to win. He also said the Wild has been the league's best practice team for two months, but added, "we need to be gamers right now."
Yeo: 'We need to win a game to feel good about ourselves here'
Head coach Mike Yeo says the Wild probably needs about 18 more wins to make the playoffs. Minnesota has 27 games left, meaning they need to win about six of every nine games, which Yeo says is "very doable."
Yeo gives tired, slumping Wild day off
After back-to-back losses in Vancouver and Calgary, and a five game winless streak, Wild head coach Mike Yeo decided to give players a day off Wednesday. Injuries have forced Yeo to play the likes of Dany Heatley, Matt Cullen and Kyle Brodziak more minutes. The extra ice time is wearing on the players, but Yeo hopes the rest will help put the Wild back in the win column.
Yeo pleased with Wild's physical play
Mike Yeo was very pleased with his teams victory Thursday night over Edmonton. Not only did the win snap an eight-game losing streak, but it also showed Yeo that his team is still capable of playing a physical brand of hockey, something they had gotten away from during the losing streak.
Yeo: Wild won't tank games to improve draft position
In the NHL, the worst five teams after each season have a shot at the No. 1 pick in the draft. The Wild, after winning three games in a row, have the seventh worst record in the league, but head coach Mike Yeo says the Wild won't tank the final three games to improve their draft position. He says winning now is "far more important than two, three spots in the draft."
Yeo says Heatley was probably Wild's MVP
Head coach Mike Yeo says Dany Heatley was probably the Wild's MVP this season. He hinted that Heatley would have finished with more than 24 goals if Mikko Koivu didn't miss 27 games. Even without his top linemate out of action, Yeo says Heatley "never once complained."
Wild calls up four from Houston, Yeo not waiting for things to get better
The Wild called up four players from the Houston Aeros today. Forwards Matt Kassian, Jed Ortmeyer, Chad Rau and defenseman Nate Prosser will join the team for Saturday's game against Dallas. Head coach Mike Yeo says, "We're not just going to stand around and hope things get better."
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