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On second thought, Minnesota’s probably making the playoffs

Dec 11, 2011, 2:38 PM EDT

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Almost a month ago, in PHT’s weekly Oddsmaker post, I asked whether the Minnesota Wild would make the playoffs. And of course I said no, passing up +175 odds in the process.

At the time, Minnesota was 10-5-3. Today it’s 20-7-3 and riding a seven-game winning streak.

Based on the 44-29-9 record that earned the Blackhawks eighth place in the Western Conference last season, the Wild would have to go a pedestrian 24-22-6 to make the playoffs.

Sports Club Stats has the Wild’s chances at 97.3%.

Even more promising for Minnesota fans, the team is starting to score some goals. The Wild has at least four goals in four of its last five games. Yesterday’s 4-1 victory over Phoenix was its first three-goal win since beating Calgary 3-0 on Nov. 8. Amazingly, there were 11 wins between – all by one goal, two goals, or in a shootout.

Altogether, Minnesota has 11 one-goal victories (most in the NHL) and six two-goal victories (most in the NHL).

Another thing going for the Wild is its Northwest Division schedule. Edmonton and Colorado started the season strong, but both have fallen off as expected. Calgary is playing better lately, but only marginally. The Canucks are the only elite team in that division.

So, yeah, Minnesota’s probably making the playoffs.

PS — Jinx!

  1. illogic87 - Dec 11, 2011 at 2:46 PM

    I love hearing about the Wild! Thanks for posting this.

  2. greatminnesotasportsmind - Dec 11, 2011 at 5:03 PM

    Still gotta take a jab at the Wild don’t ya? Only Vancouver is an elite team in the Northwest. Funny, the best record in the NHL isn’t elite. What more do you want?

    • petriskriko - Dec 11, 2011 at 5:35 PM

      How about make the playoffs first.

  3. gbiscottagecheesefatties - Dec 11, 2011 at 5:28 PM

    I thought the Nucks elite status fell off after game 7

  4. taytay099 - Dec 11, 2011 at 8:04 PM

    The Wild have always been Canuck killers. Ever since the days of Wes Walz, Andrew Brunette and Marian Gaborik. I’ve always feared the Wild ever since the 2003 playoffs. They’ve always played a strong defensive style of hockey that just kills the Canucks offense and Lu seems to let the weak ones in when they play in St. Paul.

    • greatminnesotasportsmind - Dec 11, 2011 at 11:32 PM

      Or Dan Cloutier

  5. Elite Leadership Training - Leadership Out Front!!! - Dec 11, 2011 at 9:05 PM

    If you don’t believe in the Wild yet, you should start. They are one of the most prepared teams in the NHL & they have found the proper team chemistry that forges a foundation for success. They still have a way to go, but I speak from experience when I say they are “focused & fit.” Continue to move forward! HOOAH! Go Wild!

  6. treydogg97 - Dec 11, 2011 at 10:33 PM

    I get the fuss about the Wild not getting cred, but i’d rather they not get the attention. More attention means a bigger target on their backs. Despite this sentiment I’m pretty confident Mike Yeo is capable of preparing his team for just about any hockey situation on and off-ice.

    And Vancouver #stayclassy

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