Wild can be eliminated from playoff contention Tuesday night

Minnesota hosts Winnipeg in a must-win game.
Publish date:
Xcel Energy Center

The Colorado Avalanche earned a point in an overtime loss to the St. Louis Blues on Monday night, moving one point closer to eliminating the Minnesota Wild from playoff contention. 

Entering play Tuesday, Colorado controls the second wild-cart spot with 86 points, five up on the Wild who also trail ninth-place Arizona (84 points). 

All three teams are in action Tuesday night. 

  • Wild vs. Jets - 7 p.m. 
  • Avalanche vs. Oilers - 8 p.m.
  • Coyotes vs. Kings - 9 p.m. 

The Wild will be eliminated from playoff contention with a regulation loss or a Colorado win. If the Wild earns a point with an overtime loss, they can stay alive so long as Colorado loses in regulation. 

Best-case scenario is that the Wild wins and Colorado and Arizona both lose in regulation. If that happens, the wild-card standings would look like this: 

  • Colorado - 86 points
  • Arizona - 84 points
  • Minnesota - 83 points

That would set the stage for another night of drama on Thursday when all three teams are again in action: 

  • Wild vs. Bruins - 7 p.m. 
  • Avalanche vs. Jets - 8 p.m. 
  • Coyotes at Golden Knights - 9 p.m.

Bottom line: the Wild pretty much need to win out and hope Colorado and Arizona each lose out. 

According to playoff probabilities from Hockey Reference, the Wild has a microscopic 0.6% chance to win the last wild-card spot

Anything is possible, but there's a strong chance Minnesota's playoff hopes are dashed in the next couple of trips around the clock. 

Next Up

Sergio Romo

Twins decline 2021 option on Sergio Romo

The Twins begin a potential overhaul in the bullpen.

high school football

'Scalpel approach' gives MN schools chance to keep playing sports

County infection rates are no longer the only thing that matters.


With the help of HVAC, Circus Juventas will host its first holiday shows

After months of canceled classes and shows, Circus Juventas is hosting its first ever holiday show, with safety precautions.

Cameron Dantzler

Vikings send Cameron Dantzler to COVID-19/reserve list

Dantzler's placement leaves the Vikings paper-thin at cornerback heading into Green Bay.

peterson fischbach

Elections 2020 preview: 7th Congressional District

Will Collin Peterson hang on for yet another term?

Zimmer and Hunter

Zimmer explains why he called Hunter's neck injury a 'tweak'

The coach also said Dalvin Cook should return from injury this week.


60 charged in magazine scam that netted $300M

It's being called the largest elder fraud scheme in the country.

Screen Shot 2020-10-28 at 10.30.23 AM

The Star Tribune is shutting down City Pages

The free newspaper was bought by the Star Tribune in 2015.

billy's on grand

Coronavirus: Billy's on Grand will close for winter

The restaurant is among a growing list of eateries to close for the winter months.


Minnesota Wild, Devan Dubnyk

Playoff hopes crushed: Wild need luck in NHL draft lottery

The NHL draft lottery will be held next Tuesday.

Playoff probabilities don't favor Wild in wild-card race

With six games to go, the pressure is mounting.

Boudreau needs miracle to make good on playoff guarantee

Sunday's loss to Arizona was a backbreaker for the Wild.

Xcel Energy Center

If Wild miss playoffs, blame the failures on home ice

Minnesota has a losing record at home this season.

Screen Shot 2019-03-26 at 7.35.40 AM

After shutout loss, Wild in 'helpless' position with 5 games to go

Minnesota will be scoreboard watching until they play again on Friday.

4 games to go, 4 points back: Wild need help in wild-card race

Friday's win over Vegas was big, but Minnesota will need help.

Wild, Zach Parise

Wild reclaim playoff position with huge road win over Capitals

Arizona and Colorado are both in action Saturday afternoon.