That really could have started a lot better for the Wild, eh?
The Flames and Oilers both beat the Wild in regulation, pushing them out of the playoff picture for now going by standings points. If you sort by the amount of lost points (in bold, below) the Wild remain precariously perched on the brink of the playoffs. Unfortunately, the fact that they have games in hand over Anaheim, Columbus, Edmonton, and Nashville only gives them an advantage if they win.
5. Vancouver (-52) 72 pts
6. Edmonton (-57) 67 pts
7. Minnesota (-57) 65 pts
8. Columbus (-58) 68 pts
9. Dallas (-59) 65 pts
10. Nashville (-60) 66 pts
11. Anaheim (-61) 67 pts
At this point, to break even on the road trip the Wild have to win 3 of 4. It’s a tall order, but if they want to remain a playoff team, it’s probably what needs to happen.
By the way, I thought this was disturbing. Go look up the Wild team leader in +/-. I’ll wait here.