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It's been 81 games of the regular season for the Minnesota Wild and it has been a journey. They have overcome tragic injuries (and are still dealing with a bunch of those) and won a good number of hockey games. Now, they are going to face the Nashville Predators on Thursday for the regular season finale as the last game that only matters in the standings.
Where they will be finishing in the Central Division has already been decided. The Wild are locked into third place and are now just waiting to see who they will be playing in the first round. The Dallas Stars have one game remaining and have 106 points, the Colorado Avalanche have two games remaining and have 105 points. It is really coming down to the wire for those two teams and we are sitting here, being left out and a little jealous that those fan bases have something to cheer for right up until the end of the season.
In Nashville, we might get to see Brock Faber play again and have some interesting line combinations because of some other absences due to suspension. So, we guess, that's something to look forward to?
- Speaking of injuries, Joel Eriksson Ek is out and will probably remain out for the entirety of the first round. So, can the Wild win in the playoffs without a bona fide top-six center? [Hockey Wilderness]
- And another injury has caused the fourth line to take a new shape, but can it be that same contributing depth line we have come to know and love? [Hockey Wilderness]
- Ryan Hartman was suspended for one game for his interfering hit on Winnipeg Jets' Nikolaj Ehlers on Tuesday. [StarTribune]
- The Wild might have to go with Marco Rossi in Game 1 next week, but is he ready? [Pioneer Press]
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