There were only 3 games on the slate last night, and only one held playoff implications for the Wild featuring an exciting clash between Anaheim and Calgary. The Ducks jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead early in the first but the Flames battled back to tie it up by the end of the period. Into the second, the Flames continued to tilt the ice their way and scored two second period unanswered goals and held on to beat the Ducks and improve to 79 points (3rd Place Atlantic, -2 from MN) and prevent the Ducks from grabbing sole possession of 1st place in the NHL.
Though they have the toughest strength of schedule and most back-to-backs of their opponents, one thing is sure about the last 15 games of the season. If the Wild survive their remaining games and make the playoffs, they will have earned it and put themselves into prime compete level to start the first round. This stretch of games is a treat for Wild fans as they get to experience a lot more hockey that has a playoff atmosphere and several opportunities to see how the squad stands up against the league's best teams. It's a great time to be a part of the Wilderness.
In case you managed to miss this, we Walk to the beat of a true Ode to Devan Dubnyk:
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Off the Trail
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