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Wild face unknown repercussions of upcoming hectic schedule, but at least Joel Eriksson Ek will be back – The Athletic

There are plenty of reasons for the Wild to be ticked about the revised schedule the NHL handed them.

The Wild’s seven postponed games due to COVID-19 outbreaks on other teams and attendance restrictions levied upon other teams were officially rescheduled Wednesday and has left the Wild with an unbelievably condensed slate heading into the playoffs.

Because the NHL squeezed six of those games in from Feb. 12-26 rather than at least inserting some or all of the owed home games against Carolina, Florida and Detroit during the Wild’s long lapses of doing jack squat the past two or three weeks when there were windows for those teams to take one-off trips to Minnesota, it’s the Wild that now have to play 40 games in the season’s final 77 days.

A typical NHL schedule is usually around 3.1 games per seven days. So this is pretty atypical, especially when one considers the Wild have played five times in the past 31 days like they’re in the NFL, not the NHL.

The repercussions of such a hectic schedule are, of course, unknown now. But there’s no doubt fatigue, injuries and just the simple fact that the Wild will undoubtedly never have time to practice heading into the playoffs are chief among the concerns in a league where every team suddenly has an unbalanced schedule.

For instance, the Wild have played 35 games — tied for the fewest games in the Western Conference heading into this weekend’s home-and-home series with the Chicago Blackhawks — compared to eight teams that have already played 40-or-more games.

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