The months of uncertainty, a second edition of training camp and then relocating to a bubble in Edmonton -- all of that could end up culminating in just four games for the Wild.
You have to wonder if the Canucks took Minnesota's best punch in Game 1 and discovered the easiest way to frustrate the Wild is to repeatedly send it on the power play.
After getting shut out by Vancouver on Thursday afternoon, the Wild trails 2-1 in the best-of-five series. Game 4 is set for tonight with the Wild still seeking its first 5-on-5 score.
The goalie is constantly talking to Wild players during games.
The Wild lost Thursday afternoon but, "the best part is we get to go after it [Friday].," coach Dean Evason said. "This wasn't an elimination game [Thursday], so we get an opportunity to come back and compete."
A look back at Thursday afternoon's game.
Teams that win the third contest in a best-of-five after splitting the first two are 21-7 all-time in the series.
Hockey writer Sarah McLellan and Michael Rand preview today's Game 3 vs. Vancouver. Tap here to watch it live at 12:30 p.m.
Kevin Fiala and Luke Kunin are the only Wild forwards with goals through two games in a 1-1 series with Vancouver
The Canucks had eight power plays as they evened the best-of-five series at one apiece.
After a pair of night games, the Wild and Canucks are in the matinee spotlight for a critical Game 3 at Rogers Place
Unlike Sunday's opener when the Wild had control early, the team was in chase mode from the start and trailed 4-1 until the final 2 1/2 minutes. Game 3 of the series is Thursday afternoon.
Minnesota couldn't find its offensive rhythm Tuesday night, and much of that was because its penalty killers were on the ice too often.
The atmosphere inside Rogers Place during the Wild's playoff games hasn't been subdued — not when the team was cheering and chattering throughout.
A look back at Tuesday night's game.
Teams that go up 2-0 in a best-of-five series are 55-1 all-time in the NHL. Will the Wild push Vancouver into that deep hole tonight in Edmonton?
Manageable shift lengths and rolling all four lines and three defensive pairings gave the Wild a balanced attack in its best-of-five qualifying-round debut.
By constantly finishing their checks and closing the gap on the Canucks when Vancouver had the puck — as if a magnetic force field was pulling them there — Wild players frustrated the opposition in Game 1
The Wild's series-opening victory over Vancouver was just its third Game 1 win in franchise history and first since April 16, 2015, at St. Louis.
Kevin Fiala scored early, Marcus Foligno's fight set the tone and Alex Stalock stopped 28 Vancouver shots to earn the first postseason victory of his career in Game 1 of the best-of-5 series.