Next up is a trip to Chicago for Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals on Friday night against the Blackhawks, who got a couple days to rest after eliminating St. Louis in six games in the first round.
Minnesota beat Colorado 5-4 in overtime in Game 7 on Wednesday to advance for the first time since it made it to the conference finals in 2003. The Wild became the first team in NHL history to record four tying goals in Game 7 of a Stanley Cup playoff series, according to STATS.
Minnesota lost to Chicago in five games in the first round of the 2013 playoffs.
We want to make sure that whoever makes our team really makes our team by earning it and not putting them in situations where they get preference because of their status as a first-round pick or whatever it might be. That's not going to happen. Everybody has to earn their way on our team.
— Columbus Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen on the team's prospects at development camp