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‘Win and you’re in’ for Wild tonight vs. Edmonton

Apr 26, 2013, 11:06 AM EDT

Zach Parise #11 of the Minnesota Wild looks on during the third period while playing the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena on January 25, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. Detroit won the game 5-3.
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The stage is set for Minnesota’s game on Friday against the Oilers — get a win, get into the playoffs.

“It’s an important time for us as a team and, I think, as an organization,” Zach Parise told the Minnesota Star-Tribune. “We really need to play our best hockey right now. ’’

The Wild head into Friday’s action sitting eighth in the West with 53 points, one back of seventh-place Detroit and tied with Columbus, though ahead of the Blue Jackets in the standings thanks to games played.

(Minnesota has two games left, including Saturday’s season finale against Colorado; Columbus plays Nashville in its season finale, also on Saturday.)

If they’re going to get to the postseason for the first time since 2008, the Wild will need to break out of a month-long slump. Minnesota is just 4-7-1 in the month of April and has had a difficult time scoring goals, getting shut out three times while scoring two goals or fewer nine times.

Of course, one of those nine times was a 2-1 win over Los Angeles on Tuesday, a huge momentum builder as the Wild now look to take maximum points from the Oilers an Avs in the final two games of the year.

A pair of wins would get the Wild 57 points, giving them a slim hope of moving all the way up to sixth in the West.

For now, though, all the club is focused on is getting into the dance.

“[Friday’s game] is just as big as the last game,” said forward Kyle Brodziak. “We’ve got to get back on the horse and go back at it.”

  1. thehighcountrybear - Apr 26, 2013 at 11:24 AM

    Just in…

    The NHL has handed down a number of surprising rulings overnight:

    1. In recognition of events surrounding the near decapitation of Jason Pominville during Wild’s recent game with Kings, all opposing teams must ensure the backs of their jerseys feature alternating two inch black and yellow striping in day-glo colours laid-out in chevron motif,

    protruding shoulder and elbow parts must feature stroboscopic light arrays of the kind used by Minnesota State Trooper vehicles,

    and, at the sole discretion of opposing teams, helmets should feature flashing cherries [ no, not that kind ] of the size and construction used to indicate a puck entering the net.

    Frankly, erstwhile superstar and League disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan is annoyed at continual interruptions to scheduled tee times, and wants Wild whining nipped in the bud with simple administrative controls at the on-ice level…

    2. In recognition of the litany of complaints from visiting teams concerning the collective shrillness of Wild fans attending Excel Energy Center, all guests entering the arena are forthwith required to submit to an on-site estrogen test before entry is permitted,

    much like a breathalyzer, the ovalyzer will help arena officials balance female to male attendance ratios while hoping to cut decibel levels in half whenever a Wild player is fouled, easily evident on any rumour of contact!

    On a related note, Minnesota republicans are demanding repeal of the 1911 abolishment of capital punishment? It would appear the entire Minnesota Wild fan base, including the several living outside Minneapolis, were outraged at League leniency offered known miscreant and mass murder Dustin Brown after he did his best to kill Jason Pominville tuesday last…

    A republican party spokesman declared ‘We’re gonna hang the entire goddamned team if we have to, just like we tried with those three hundred and three meddlesome Dakota back in 1862, except this time we’re building in a clause to prevent party lefties like Lincoln from only letting us hang thirty eight’?

    More from the fringe as it becomes available…

    • bustmustplus - Apr 26, 2013 at 11:36 AM

      How much time ya got buddy? Jesus, just remember no slappers or hitting until Bantams LOLZ!!!!!! The terms dust pan, plunger, ankle taper, velcro strap skates, plug come to mind.

    • spiciercheez - Apr 26, 2013 at 11:46 AM

      You can’t drink all day unless you start in the morning, eh Countrybear?

    • prideonice - Apr 26, 2013 at 12:22 PM

      Who voted thumbs up? Does this guy +1 his own votes, or does his mom log in to read his posts? Sometimes I wonder if he went to some kind of tryout camp with the Wild and didn’t make it, since he is always writing these nonsensical posts every time there is any kind of article about the Wild. Some people shouldn’t have internet privileges.

      • blackhawksdynasty - Apr 26, 2013 at 12:33 PM

        The long-winded bear most likely enjoys the attention he gets on these blogs. Definitely the ONLY attention he gets in his otherwise boring and meaningless life. Like a bored, attention-starved child….just ignore it. Pointless, uninspired comments simply made to rile up the masses.

      • mp1131211 - Apr 26, 2013 at 9:01 PM

        The only person who thumbs upped it is that blomfeld, valoisviper, joeyisvalois guy. HC Bear is another of his weird perverted alter egos

    • rolstoncansnipe12 - Apr 26, 2013 at 12:22 PM

      Countrybear, you are the definition of a troll Get a life.

    • woodstakes - Apr 26, 2013 at 4:02 PM

      Wow! You are a complete and utter TOOL!! Is there anything more that needs to be said??

    • valoisvipers - Apr 26, 2013 at 4:31 PM

      Geeze guys lighten up on HCBear. I kinda enjoy the ramblings of the Bear. You all know that HCBear is actually Ilya Bryzgalov.

      • mp1131211 - Apr 26, 2013 at 8:58 PM

        Jesus – it’s one of your asinine incarnations isn’t it? You were banned FOR A REASON. Just stop.

  2. sonvar - Apr 26, 2013 at 11:38 AM

    Hoping the Wild lose this game in regulation so Saturday becomes more interesting for the final playoff spots in the West

  3. bdnnbd - Apr 26, 2013 at 12:08 PM

    Highcountrybear. Emphasis on the “high.”

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