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Minnesota Wild

Venue: Xcel Energy Center | Coach: Mike Yeo
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This closing stretch had every bit of potential to sink the Wild but they earned seven of eight points against Phoenix, LA, Chicago and Pittsburgh. That's a great week.
Just when things were getting dicey with their playoff spot the Wild got a huge win in Phoenix, one of the teams they're battling. But this week the road doesn't get any easier.
The Wild are in a bit of standings purgatory: They're too far back to avoid a wild card but far enough ahead that they don't have to worry about earning a spot.
Ah the NHL. The Wild have lost four of their last five games but have points in 10 of their last 11 games. They're always close and now are five points clear of ninth in the West.
Dear Darcy Kuemper: It's awesome you played in 16 straight games -- and have won five of your past six -- but take a break. We'll need you for the playoff push. Signed, the Wild.
Pretty Wild -- excuse the pun -- what this team has done with its preseason top two goalies out of the lineup. The Wild won both games since the break, giving up just one goal.
The Wild -- five points up on a playoff spot -- handled themselves pretty well in their time without Josh Harding. The good news (on many levels) is Harding should be back when action resumes.
A recent uptick in offense is nice to see. It just so happened to coincide with getting a bit leakier on defense as the Wild lost two of three this week, all on the road.
To take three of four points against the Blackhawks and in San Jose makes for an alright week. Darcy Kuemper has been all they could have asked for with Josh Harding ailing.
It probably doesn't help Josh Harding's Vezina hopes but the Wild are 7-2-0 in last nine mostly behind Darcy Kuemper in net.
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The good news is that they picked up points in their first two games. The bad news: they lost both after regulation at home.
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