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Wild lose to Sharks but clinch playoff berth

San Jose's Reimer makes 29 saves in shutout, Minnesota gets in postseason with Colorado loss

by Dan Myers / Correspondent

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Moments after losing 3-0 to the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday, the Minnesota Wild were sullen and quiet in their dressing room at Xcel Energy Center.

Then the Wild learned they clinched their fourth consecutive trip to the Stanley Cup Playoffs when the Colorado Avalanche lost 4-3 to the Nashville Predators.

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Wild's Spurgeon to return against Sharks

Defenseman back from injury when Minnesota aims to clinch playoff berth

by Dan Myers / Correspondent

SHARKS (44-29-6) at WILD (38-31-11)

TV: 8 p.m. ET; CSN-CA+, FS-N, NHL.TV

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- A victory for the Minnesota Wild against the San Jose Sharks at Xcel Energy Center on Tuesday would clinch a berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the fourth consecutive season.

The Wild also can get in if the Colorado Avalanche lose to the Nashville Predators in regulation. Any combination of the Wild gaining two points or the Avalanche losing two points in the final week of the regular season will clinch Minnesota a berth in the playoffs.

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