The Minnesota Wild fought off two attempted comebacks to claim a 6-3 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday night and now suddenly, the possibility of playoffs has become so much clearer.
By points percentage, the Wild are actually in the second Wild Card spot with a .545. But it is tight in the most real way possible. Ahead of them, are the Coyotes (.559), and then below them it's a brawling crowd of teams trying to take their position. The Blues (.544), the Predators (.543) and even the Oilers (.500), all have some path to eventually kick the Wild out and leave them on the outside looking in after 82 games.
It is going to be some ride for the rest of the way.
- The winning streak and development of winning ways under John Hynes has been fantastic, but he must do some more than getting back to Minnesota basics to win hockey games. [Hockey Wilderness]
- In the win over Detroit, the line of Marcus Johansson, Marco Rossi, and Ryan Hartman shone bright and purely dominated. [The Hockey News]
- PWHL Minnesota has announced former NHL defenseman and gold medal-winning coach Ken Klee, as their new head coach after Charlie Burggraf had to step away before they ever played a game, for personal reasons. [DailyFaceoff]
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