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Horrendous start to Wild's season continues with loss in Detroit

No matter what happens Tuesday against St. Louis, the Wild are off to their worst 20-game start since the expansion Wild in 2000-01.
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At 5-10-4, the Minnesota Wild are off to their worst start since the inaugural season in 2000-01. The latest loss came Sunday, a 4-1 blow to the Red Wings in Detroit. No matter what happens Tuesday night when the Wild host the St. Louis Blues, the 2023-24 season is the worst 20-game start for Minnesota since the 2000-01 expansion team went 4-12-3-1 in the first 20 games. 

Minnesota's record through 20 games, year by year: 

  • 2022-23: 9-9-2
  • 2021-22: 13-6-1
  • 2020-21: 12-7-1
  • 2019-20: 7-11-2
  • 2018-19: 12-6-2
  • 2017-18: 9-8-3
  • 2016-17: 11-7-2
  • 2015-16: 11-6-3
  • 2014-15: 12-8-0
  • 2013-14: 12-4-4
  • 2012-13: 10-8-2
  • 2011-12: 12-5-3
  • 2010-11: 10-8-2
  • 2009-10: 7-11-2
  • 2008-09: 12-7-1
  • 2007-08: 11-7-2
  • 2006-07: 12-7-1
  • 2005-06: 9-9-2
  • 2004-05: Strike season
  • 2003-04: 8-9-3
  • 2002-03: 11-5-4
  • 2001-02: 7-8-4-1
  • 2000-01: 4-12-3-1
Filip Gustavsson

Nov 26, 2023; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Detroit Red Wings right wing Daniel Sprong (88) takes a shot off the post behind Minnesota Wild goaltender Filip Gustavsson (32) in the second period at Little Caesars Arena. 

Minnesota tied Sunday's game 1-1 with 11 seconds left in the first period when Kirill Kaprizov's shot was deflected into the back of the net by Joel Eriksson Ek for his team-leading 10th goal of the season. The goal was initially awarded to Kaprizov before the change was announced between periods. 

Dylan Larkin gave Detroit a 2-1 lead with 3:07 left in the second period. The goal came during 4-on-4 play when Larkin cut to the center of the ice and fired a shot that Wild goalie Filip Gustavsson couldn't control and neither Frederick Gaudreau or Brock Faber were able to clear the juicy rebound before Larkin got to it and buried a shot for his eighth goal of the season. 

With the Wild on the power play in the final two minutes of the second period, Eriksson Ek found himself alone on a breakaway with a chance to tie the game but he never got a shot off, instead mishandling the puck and turning it over. 

That proved a costly missed opportunity because Pat Maroon was whistled for a tripping penalty just 54 seconds into the third period and the Red Wings made the Wild pay as David Perron's second goal of the game – the 300th of his career – came on the ensuing power play for a 3-1 Detroit lead. 

Detroit would add an empty net goal in the final seconds after Minnesota didn't capitalize on a pair of third period power plays. 

Up next: Wild vs. Blues, Tuesday at 7 p.m. CT.