So much for the narrative that the Wolves have figured out how to play consistently well on the defensive end. After a strong post-break stretch, their last three games — all losses — have been among their worst defensive performances of the season.
For as rough as the last week has gone for the Wild and Wolves, both have enticing nationally televised home games Tuesday. Sharks at Wild (7:30, NBCSN) and Spurs at Wolves (8:30 p.m., ESPN and FSN).
"If you remove the Blackhawks from the equation, then the Wild are probably as good as any team in West. But the Hawks have set the gold standard. They have it all — from talent to leadership."
"zataway" commenting on startribune.com.
"Wolves could finish anywhere from 4th to 11th in lottery odds. As much as Wolves fans hate tanking again, there is a good argument for it."