The Minnesota Wild got off to another slow start and was unable to make for it in a 2-0 loss to the Colorado Avalanche Sunday at the Xcel Energy Center.

The Wild have been one of the lowest scoring teams in the National Hockey League, since the trade deadline it has taking those struggles to the defensive end.

The Wild (28-28-10) have not scored first since Feb. 19, a span of six games. In those six games the Wild have been outscored by a combined score of 24-12.

“Tough start,” Mike Yeo said. “There is no excuse.”

The reason the Wild have been so bad since early December is for several reasons; no depth, bad passing, no aggressiveness and no confidence.

Having one scoring threat will not get it done at any level. The Wild are down to Dany Heatley and a bunch of other guys.

No depth leads to a lack of confidence. The checking type of guys and secondary scorer move into roles that don’t fit what they do best.

No confidence leads to passive play. When you start to back off, the breaks don’t go your way. Waiting for breaks to happen are not going to come.

The whole problem the Wild have starts with passing. The Wild cannot give good passes, but when they do, the receiving player cannot handle it.

Matt Hackett made his Xcel Energy Center debut with a solid performance. He challenged shooters, controlled most rebounds and look in control of his game.

“I thought he played great tonight,” Yeo said. “He had no chance on the goals.”

Steven Kampfer became the 44th player to don a Wild sweater this season and had an up-and-down game. He made his first impression by losing Jamie McGinn at the top of the crease, which turned into the recently acquired forwards first of two goals. He later knocked a rebound into the net on the power play.

The Wild have now gone 124 minutes and 13 seconds without scoring a goal at the Xcel Energy Center, including back-to-back shutouts at home. It is the first time it has been shutout in consecutive home games since 2002.

Three Stars

No. 3 – Matt Hackett. The Wild goaltender stopped 34 shots.

No. 2 – Semyon Varlamov. The Avalanche goaltender stopped 30 shots for the shutout.

No. 1 – Jamie McGinn. The Avalanche forward scored two goals.


Colorado        2 0 0 – 2

Minnesota     0 0 0 – 0

       First Period – 1, Colorado, McGinn 13 (Mueller, Elliott), 1:42. 2, Colorado, McGinn 14 (Mueller, Elliott), 8:25 (pp). Penalties – Powe, Min (holding), 8:09.

       Second Period – None. Penalties – Connolly, Col (high sticking), 2:15; Hejda, Col (interference), 19:15.

      Third Period – None. Penalties – Setoguchi, Min (slashing), 6:07; Hunwick, Col (delay of game-puck over glass), 9:45.

       Shots on goal – Colorado 17-10-9 36. Minnesota 11-11-8 30.

       Goalies – Colorado, Varlamov (30-30). Minnesota, Hackett (34-36). A – 17,354. Referees – Dennis LaRue, Tom Kowal. Linesmen – Brad Lazarowich, Vaughan Rody.