We’ve forgotten about them right now until the thing happens. -Bruce Boudreau, Wild Head Coach
The ‘thing’ that Boudreau was referring to is a potential playoff matchup against the Golden Knights. It’s not the matchup as of right now, but Minnesota’s holds just a three point lead on the wild card teams which means a date with Vegas is certainly a realistic possibility.
Boudreau’s nickname is Gabby, because he’s constantly gabbing. However, he gave short responses when I asked how a season sweep could carry over to the postseason.
Playoffs are a whole different animal. But this was as close to a playoff matchup you’ll get. -Boudreau
Unlike their coach, the Wild players didn’t downplay the season sweep.
Yeah I think we can use this confidence. I think to have the psychological advantage over them says something. We can definitely use that. -Charlie Coyle, Wild Forward
Coyle scored his 11th goal of the season on Friday night.
We’d be pretty confident playing against these guys. For some reason we play well against them every game. We see our real team when we play against these guys. -Coyle
Teammate Matt Dumba, who also scored his 11th goal on Friday agreed that a season sweep can play a factor in the postseason.
It’s always a new season but at the same time it’s kind of nice to put that in the back of their head. They’re going to use that as fire too if that is a matchup. We are too. We’ll bring confidence along with that. -Matt Dumba, Wild Defenseman
There’s no question the Wild are in the Golden Knights’ heads.
To be honest, I’m pretty sick and tired of losing to them, and just sick and tired of losing in general. -Erik Haula
Wild veteran Eric Staal spoke more diplomatically but hinted towards the edge his team has.
Well playoffs are always a clean slate, but it doesn’t hurt. They have a good team. They got some good players, guys that are having career years but we’re doing what we need to do. We’ve felt comfortable playing against this team. -Eric Staal, Wild Forward
Staal has six points (4 goals) in three games, of course he’d feel comfortable facing the Golden Knights in the playoffs.
It would be a good matchup. -Coyle
Not sure Golden Knights fans agree.