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."
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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 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."
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 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 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.
Spurgeon 'day-to-day', Yeo 'disappointed' NHL didn't suspend McLeod
The Minnesota Wild was relieved to learn Wednesday that Jared Spurgeon's lower-body injury isn't as serious as it looked. Head coach Mike Yeo says his young defenseman is day-to-day after being checked head-first into the boards by Colorado's Cody McLeod. Yeo says he is "surprised and very disappointed" that McLeod wasn't suspended.
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