Wild approaches key final week as a big opportunity

  • Article by: Michael Russo , Star Tribune
  • Updated: April 21, 2013 - 4:27 PM

Homestand begins the push to secure playoff berth.

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yathinksoApr. 20, 13 8:58 PM

Yeo, are you kidding me. Vancouver is in a great spot. A good coach improves the team as the year progresses. I have seen no improvement with this team. I wouldn't get too comfortable in that office if I was Yeo.

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cfgfsmApr. 20, 1310:57 PM

The Wild play 3 of the worst teams in the NHL not making the playoffs with this kind of schedule to finish would finish Yeo.

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crazyhorse89Apr. 20, 1311:03 PM

Well, the are in a good spot....playoffs are in the Wild's control. Great spot? No, It will be tough to play one of the top two teams in the first round. I guess playoffs are better than sitting at home. Lots of new guys on the team and with the schedule that they've (yes and everyone else) makes it tough to get those very important practices in. No matter what it has been an improvement. The rest of the year is the rest of the year. We still might be a couple years from really making a dent. At least I hope......optimism, surprised I still have that being a Minnesota sports fan for 40 years

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firefly70Apr. 21, 1312:04 AM

Actually, people who think Vancouver is in a better position with their level of play might want to look at Vancouver's recent results. They're pretty similar to the Wild in that the Canucks have not defeated one of the top 5 or 6 teams in the West since beating the Kings back on March 23. Since then Vancouver has lost games at San Jose (2-3); St Louis (1-2 in Shootout); and recently got spanked by Dallas (1-5).While there is still a VERY SLIM chance the Wild could overtake the Canucks, I still see them finishing as the 7th seed. I see them finishing the season going 2-1-1 to maintain their spot in the playoffs. And considering their inconsistent play throughout the entire season, I'm actually okay with the Wild being only a 7th seed. As others have mentioned, to which I agree, that is pretty much what they deserve and where they should be.

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firefly70Apr. 21, 1312:37 AM

p.s. - Yes, I realize Dallas is technically not one of the top 5 or 6 teams in the Western Conference; but they have been playing good hockey for the past 8 or 9 games in their playoff push and have beaten some very good teams in that time - including Anaheim, San Jose (twice - one of them being IN San Jose), Los Angeles, and Vancouver. Their final regular season game against Detroit might very well determine which one them gets the 8th and final playoff spot in the West. So the top 3 seeds seem pretty much a lock, with seeds 4-6 still very much up for grabs; the Wild seem close to being guaranteed the 7th seed; with Columbus, Detroit and Dallas all vying for the final 8th spot.

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oldgopherfanApr. 21, 1310:32 AM

It doesn't matter if you're a top 3, 4 or whatever team now - it's how you're playing when the playoffs start. Unfortunately, the Wild have only 4 more games to step it up. They've improved a lot over the past few years but no reasonable fan could really expect them to jump to a top contender spot in one year. They just have to keep improving each year ie: developing the kids and pick up some key players via trades or free agency. Hold on folks and let the team develop and grow as it needs to and don't be so damn impatient. Fletcher and Yeo are going to come through.

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kzmannApr. 21, 1311:50 AM

Then there's always the unforseeable element (LUCK).

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caferevApr. 21, 13 1:29 PM

From what I can tell, the Wild need two wins to qualify. Get one tonight then beat LA again at home. You're in. Now, go for the three seed. I just can't see Vancouver beating either Chicago or Anaheim in regulation--especially as both try to "tune up" before the playoffs. If that assessment is correct, the Wild can win the division and the three seed by beating Edmonton and Colorado. This thing is STILL wide open. Will they fail to reach the playoffs? Will they qualify as the seventh seed? (Most likely) Or, will they win the division?

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