The Wild players got a nice surprise today upon their arrival to Xcel Energy Center -- a day off from skating. Some players worked out or played soccer, but no one touched the ice. A couple of TV stations were around to get some sound, and writers as well. It was a pretty quick day since we could start interviews right at 11.You’ll want to listen to KFAN’s Sludge and Lake tonight from 7-8 p.m. CDT, as Cal Clutterbuck will be an in-studio guest for the full hour. It’ll be a fun show, for sure.
This Friday’s game against Nashville will now be televised on KSTC-TV Channel 45. A special live Wild Country pre-game show will begin at 6:30.
Now, I’ll break down the possible playoff scenarios:
First and foremost, the Wild must win its final two games. Collect any less than four points, and the Wild is out.
By winning Friday in regulation against Nashville, the Wild would eliminate the Predators from playoff contention, even if Nashville wins at Detroit on Thursday. So we’ll pay no attention to Nashville, because if the Wild beats the Predators in regulation, the Predators are out. If that game goes overtime, there are some more possibilities, based on how Nashville does against Detroit on Thursday.
The Ducks and Blues are currently tied for seventh and eighth place in the West with 88 points. Each team has two games left, and the Ducks hold the tiebreaker thanks to a 41-39 wins advantage.
Now, the Wild will make the playoffs (remember, by winning its own two games) and either of the following two scenarios:
Anaheim regulation losses at home to Dallas on Friday, and at Phoenix on Saturday.
St. Louis going 0-1-1 in its final two games, at home against Columbus on Friday, and at Colorado on Easter Sunday. Obviously, St. Louis losing both its games in regulation would put the Wild in the playoffs as well. One point by the Blues, and two wins by the Wild, would give each team 89 points, but the Wild, by winning its last two games, would have 40 wins – one more than the Blues.
Now, if the Ducks lose out in regulation AND the Blues lose out in regulation, the Wild would be the West’s seventh seed, with a pair of wins.
Bottom line: Root for the Wild, and for Anaheim and St. Louis to have issues this week.
One final note, from our friends at STATS Inc. The Wild, T-Wolves and Twins all won last night, marking the first time all three teams earned a win on the same night since April 11, 2008. That’s really not that long ago when you realize the Wild played only four playoff games after that, and the Twins played just their second game of the season last night.