Members of the Minnesota Wild are extremely confident now, having beaten the Red Wings in Detroit Wednesday night for the first time in seven years and going 13-5-1 since Feb. 9, inlcuding four wins in a row and nine intheir past 12 games.
"We expect to win now," said Ryan Suter, the second-leading scoring defenseman in the NHL with 24 points. "Early on, we might not have expected it. Now we expect to win." Coach Mike Yeo said: "I think we're confident going into any building now. I think we're a different team right now." Wild players have such a strut in their step, perhaps they'll even soon exorcise the demons that lurk in Dallas, where the Wild has lost 16 in a row since 2003. It has two cracks there next week.