These underdogs could make a run

We're going to start charging Wild GM Chuck Fletcher for our services. The team has been on a tear since we wrote that the common belief was the Wild would boast the NHL's worst playoff goaltending and certainly the worst goaltending of the eight Western Conference playoff teams. The goaltending remains a potentially fatal flaw for a Wild team that has shaken off late-season stutters to play some of its best hockey of the season. Ilya Bryzgalov stepped into the breach when rookie Darcy Kuemper faltered and then went down with an injury. Bryzgalov's playoff history is checkered at best, but if he continues to deliver quality starts as he has down the stretch (5-1-1 with two shutouts in the Wild's last seven games), the Wild aren't going to be outclassed in the goaltending department. The team is also getting balance in its attack with Charlie Coyle stepping up, playing mostly with Zach Parise and Mikko Koivu. The loss of Mikael Granlund is problematic given his playmaking abilities (although he did return to practice on the weekend), but Parise is a player built for the playoffs. Along with Ryan Suter, who seemingly never leaves the ice, the Wild have top-end players who can lead by example. They also should have learned valuable lessons when they were thumped in five games last season by a Chicago Blackhawks team that went on to win the Cup.

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