Former Minnesota North Stars center Pat Micheletti, now host of the Minnesota Wild Fan Line on KFAN 100.3 FM in Minneapolis-St. Paul, joined The Ryan Kelley Morning After on Wednesday to discuss the mentality of the Wild as they trail the Blues 3-0 in the series.
Read some excerpts and listen to the full interview below:
What do you think the mentality of the Wild and their fans is right now as they go into Game 4 down 3-0?
“I can tell you the fans are doom and gloom. They think this is over. Wild coach Bruce Boudreau has been positive the past few days. They haven’t played poorly. They’re just unable to get the puck past Jake Allen. Blues coach Mike Yeo has put together a scheme that has kept the Wild from getting to the middle of the ice. The Blues have played terrific. When you play in tight games like this, every bad goal given up can really hurt you.”
On if Jake Allen’s play has gotten in the Wild players’ heads:
“I don’t know if it’s a matter of being in the Wild players’ heads. It’s a matter of Jake Allen playing great and Minnesota not getting it past him.
On how the Wild have outplayed the Blues yet find themselves down 3-0:
“Mike Yeo and the Blues don’t care. Their goal is to win the hockey game. When Mike Yeo gets people believing what he wants done…it’s a system that’s really tough to crack. Once they get on a roll like that, the belief that they’re going to win…you can’t top that.”
Do you think the fact Mike Yeo coached a lot of these Wild players gives the Blues an advantage:
“No doubt about it. He knows what Granlund does. He has been nonexistent this series. They’re hitting him everytime he has the puck. Devan Dubnyk, you get under his skin, they’re yapping at him…to try and get him off his game. He knows what every player does, he knows their personality, what makes them go and what doesn’t. Xs and Os wise, they all do pretty much the same. It’s the psychological part, the mental part.”