Yet, given the losses they've suffered among defensemen, the ranking is admirable.
The play of goalie
Another is the team's offensive-minded philosophy.
“It starts at the top, and if the top guys are getting puck deep, there’s no excuse for anyone not to,” fourth-line forward
"It's not difficult. Hard work, get the puck deep. It's an easy system to execute as long as you work hard."
"If the pucks in their end, they can't score," Beleskey said. "If we can work teams down low, then they get tired and have to change when they're on offense.
"Obviously, defensively we try to protect the posts … we're doing well against top lines."
Beyond the strides 19-year-old Hampus Lindholm has made and the smarts fellow defender
And it’s helped cover up what might've been more telling injury losses to
"If you outwork a team, you're going to be succesful … it doesn't matter who you have in the lineup," Beleskey said.
MORE PAIN: Defenseman
"I wouldn't be surprised if," Beauchemin "is playing in Detroit" on Tuesday, Boudreau said.
HILLER THE MAN: Hiller left the ice first Wednesday, and should get his fifth start in six games.
ROAD WEARY: Minnesota (18-9-5) is getting solid goaltending from
"Every game is almost a one-goal game," Boudreau cautioned. "Mental toughness is going to be a big part of this game, and if you don't have everyone playing, you're going to be in trouble."