Skip to main content

Wild lose to Predators in regular season finale; face Colorado in playoffs

  • Author:
  • Updated:

The Minnesota Wild will play the Colorado Avalanche in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs in the Western Conference, KSTP reports.

The NHL made the announcement after Colorado won the Central Division on Sunday afternoon, when the St. Louis Blues lost to the Detroit Red Wings, according to the Star Tribune. The Wild-Avalanche series gets underway on Thursday night in Colorado.

The Wild clinched their wildcard playoff spot on April 8 after beating the Boston Bruins 4-3 in a shootout.

Minnesota is 1-3-1 against the Avalanche this season, and this will be the third time the teams will meet in the playoffs.

The Wild entered play Sunday without a regulation loss in their past seven games. That streak came to an ugly end in their final regular-season game as the Nashville Predators beat them 7-3 at Xcel Energy Center.

The Predators scored four second-period goals to overcome a two-goal deficit to win the game.

The Wild's steadiest player in recent weeks -- goalie Ilya Bryzgalov -- had a shaky performance, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Bryzgalov allowed three goals in a two-minute span, and allowed four of five consecutive shots to get past him in the second period before he was pulled for John Curry at the start of the third period. The loss was Bryzgalov's first in regulation in 11 games since the Wild acquired him on March 4.

Jason Pominville had a first-period goal for Minnesota, his 30th of the season, joining Marian Gaborik and Brian Rolston as the only players in franchise history to hit the 30-goal mark.

Here's the first-round playoff schedule:

Thursday 4/17, 8:30 p.m. CDT at Colorado

Saturday 4/19, 8:30 p.m. CDT at Colorado

Monday 4/21, 6:00 p.m. CDT HOME

Thursday 4/24, 8:30 p.m. CDT HOME

Saturday 4/26, TBA (if needed) at Colorado

Monday 4/28, TBA (if needed) HOME

Wednesday 4/30, TBA (if needed) at Colorado

Next Up

Screen Shot 2022-06-26 at 10.02.59 AM

North Dakota's only abortion clinic relocating to Minnesota

A GoFundMe set up to help the clinic make the move to Minnesota has surpassed its $500,000 goal.

Screen Shot 2022-06-26 at 12.37.03 PM

Deadly vehicle fire on Interstate 94 west of Fargo

The victim's age and name have not been released.

flickr - gov tim walz - mn senate dfl

Overturning Roe v. Wade won't do a 'damn thing' to prevent abortions, Walz says

Gov. Tim Walz signed an executive order Saturday meant to protect abortion access in the state and people who come from out of state seeking one.


Man crossing Highway 13 in Burnsville fatally struck by driver

The victim is a 31-year-old man from Prior Lake.

Screen Shot 2022-06-26 at 7.50.33 AM

4 shot near Stone Arch Bridge in Minneapolis

The shooting happened around 11 p.m. Saturday.

Screen Shot 2022-06-25 at 7.55.28 PM

Charges: Cop feared for his life during struggle for gun with suspect

Allen Denzel Oliver-Hall has been charged with second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon.

Burnsville, Minnesota - May 2019 (2)

Shootout near Erik's Bike Shop, Lunds & Byerlys in Burnsville

Police say youths were shooting at each other on Saturday afternoon.

minnesota river

Fishermen find body floating in Minnesota River in Shakopee

The body was found upstream from Minnesota River Heritage Park.

Screen Shot 2022-06-25 at 11.01.17 AM

Woman breaks free after being kidnapped and taken to Brooklyn Park

The woman was taken by force as she arrived at her work in Plymouth.