Forward Marcus Foligno says the Minnesota Wild must stop feeling sorry for themselves and improve as the NHL season heads into its final stretch.
The Wild, 20/1 to win the Stanley Cup in 2021/22, have lost four straight including two heavy defeats (7-3 and 5-1) to the red-hot Calgary Flames on Saturday and Tuesday.
Assistant Captain Foligno scored in the second game against Calgary, which he said was an improvement for the Wild, but still not good enough as they seek to cement their Stanley Cup playoff spot.
30-year-old Foligno is in a fifth campaign with the Wild and has 28 points (18 goals, 10 assists) in 47 games this season.
Over 11 NHL seasons, the 6'3" winger has collected 237 points (104 goals, 133 assists) in 651 regular season games with the Wild and Buffalo Sabres.
Despite their recent stutter, with a 31-17-3 record, the Wild sit third in the Central Division and 11th in the overall NHL standings.
A major source of optimism for Foligno is Minnesota's offensive ability, led by Kirill Kaprizov (64 points; 24 goals, 40 assists), their 191 overall goals ranks fourth in the NHL.
Foligno said to the media: "When you go through things like this, I think it's not always easy to get out of it, and you're going to get slapped in the mouth before moving on.
"So yeah, you can preach all you want. We know we're a good hockey team and we've got to stop feeling sorry for ourselves."