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Wild face a (regular season) ‘Game 7’ on Saturday

Apr 27, 2013, 12:24 AM EDT

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The Minnesota Wild had a chance to clinch a playoff spot Friday in a game against the Edmonton Oilers, a team no longer in playoff contention.

The notion of a post-season berth quickly fell apart, as the Wild were trounced by the Oilers 6-1 on home ice. The Wild trailed by six goals after just 40 minutes, leaving fans to grow a little impatient.

“It was one of the weirdest games I’ve ever played in and obviously one of the most disappointing games I’ve ever been in,” Wild center Matt Cullen told the Minneapolis Star Tribune. “Bottom line, we got spanked in a game we absolutely needed to win.

“We have a Game 7 [Saturday]…This is where you show what you’re made of, this is what careers are made on and these are opportunities that you don’t get very often. … It’s a Game 7 to get to the playoffs.”

The Wild’s impending Game 7 that Cullen referred to is Saturday on the road against the Colorado Avalanche, the bottom team in the Western Conference.

The Wild precariously hold the eighth seed in the West, with 53 points and are tied with the ninth-place Columbus Blue Jackets in points.

Both teams have one game remaining on their respective schedules.

Anyone thinking this will be an easy two points for the Wild – and, if so, how can you after what happened Friday? – best look at what the Avalanche have done on home ice.

The Avalanche have a record of 12-8-3 in front of the home fans. The Wild are 11-11-1 on the road.

The Blue Jackets are at home to face the Nashville Predators.

  1. hockeyfan28 - Apr 27, 2013 at 1:16 AM

    Man you win the free agent lottery and commit 200 million on 2 guys to get you in the playoffs and it comes down to one game with the way Parise and Suter looked tonight much less the whole team at least Minnesota fans can be thankful the Vikings had a nice draft

  2. kcprof926 - Apr 27, 2013 at 8:45 AM

    This reminds me of last year when the Wild booted the Stars out of the playoffs last game.

  3. theageofquarrel - Apr 27, 2013 at 9:20 AM

    I thought with the signings of Parise and Suter it was automatic Stanley Cups for Minnesota?

    • lostpuppysyndrome - Apr 27, 2013 at 11:48 AM

      You were wrong. No non-bandwagon Wild fans ever thought they were a shoo-in for the Cup this year.

      • gooterbaby - Apr 27, 2013 at 3:55 PM

        Most people believed they were a borderline playoff team…look at me now.

  4. ashtongronholz8 - Apr 27, 2013 at 10:08 AM

    The intelligent MN fans recognized this was a year to get some chemistry and allow out you talent to grow a bit. I hardly expected them to go far into playoffs this isn’t basketball you don’t purchase the cup it takes teamwork. What I’m really looking forward to is the next couple years when they start to figure It out then they will be a force to be reckoned with.

  5. rodeoclowndc - Apr 27, 2013 at 10:32 AM

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  6. valoisvipers - Apr 27, 2013 at 10:41 AM

    I don’t expect the Wild to have any trouble winning this one. Colorado is set to get the second draft pick no worse than third after the lottery results so they are in to get one of the 3 top ranked players(Jones,McKinnon or Drouin). A win tonight would cost them that position.

  7. vshehane - Apr 27, 2013 at 11:10 AM

    Get your tractor tuned up Suter. you will be available for spring planting.

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