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The only mystery surrounding the Wild is which players will hit the ice over the final two games as the team prepares for the playoffs. The team will also have plenty of time off following the season finale Saturday in St. Louis.

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The Wild havd made their way from Chicago to Nashville to challenge the Predators in game 81 of the 2014-2015 season.   Answers to many lineup questions will be answered at the morning skate, but it is unclear whether Yeo will attempt to lighten the load of his veterans and potentially rest Devan Dubnyk or keep everyone in the lineup to keep them engaged before taking a layoff before the first round.  The Wild still have not locked up the first Wild card officially with Winnipeg just 2 points behind, so they do still have some positioning to play for.  One might expect the lineup to stay the same as it was in Chicago, but dinged up players like Nino Niederreiter could benefit from a day off.

Wild fans will have to continue to watch the scoreboard to see who their first round opponent will be, but will also have a say in the matter via the regular season finale at St. Louis.  The outcome of that game could determine whether the Wild face the Blues or the Predators in round one.

Today's musical selection features the greatest air key solo of all time.  On to the Walk #TBT.

Wild News

Minnesota Wild clinch berth in Stanley Cup Playoffs five reasons - Drive to the Playoffs
Love from NHL.com

Minnesota Wild's postseason clinched, Yeo faces more decisions - TwinCities.com
Graff takes a look at lineup options for Mike Yeo.

Road sweet road: Wild clinches playoff spot with 11th consecutive road win | Russo's Rants | StarTribune.com
Thank goodness the Wild are a wildcard team, locking them in to play more on the road.

The Story of Minnesota's Hero, Devan Dubnyk
#OneOfUs Alli gives us some Duby love

HockeyBuzz.com - Tony Dean - WildHBcommunity: Some Truth Ahead of the Post Season #YeoKnowsBest Edition
Tony Dean gives some advice to #Yeolo.

Wednesday (It's the Wild and everyone else) edition: Wha' Happened? | RandBall | StarTribune.com

Stick Happens!
Clinch Happens!

Jason Zucker Returns: How Much Zucker Will We See In The Playoffs?
GPW features the man who recovered his collarbone like Wolverine

Zucker returns, scores against Chicago | Star Tribune
Comes back 3 weeks early.  Gets dumped into boards.  Gets angry and scores.  #AllInADaysWork

On Frozen Pond

Gophers' defenseman Mike Reilly will not return for senior season | Star Tribune
Mike Reilly will play professional hockey next season he told the Star Tribune on Wednesday

Off the Trail

Canucks sign Derek Dorsett, Luca Sbisa to multi-year extensions - CBSSports.com
The Vancouver Canucks have signed Derek Dorsett and Luca Sbisa to multi-year extensions.

LOOK: NHL legend Teemu Selanne is caddying at the Masters - CBSSports.com
NHL legend Teemu Selanne is caddying for fellow Finn Mikko Ilonen during The Masters Par 3 Competition.

Red Wings' Erik Cole to miss playoffs with spinal cord contusion - CBSSports.com
Erik Cole will miss the playoffs after suffering a spinal cord contusion.

VIDEO: Flames launch 'Johnny Gaudreau for Calder' campaign - CBSSports.com
The Calgary Flames are stumping for Johnny Gaudreau to win the Calder Memorial Trophy as the NHL's rookie of the year.

Recaps

NHL Recap - Boston Bruins at Washington Capitals - Apr 08, 2015 - CBSSports.com

NHL Recap - Toronto Maple Leafs at Columbus Blue Jackets - Apr 08, 2015 - CBSSports.com