3 ways the Wild can clinch a playoff spot Saturday night

The Wild can clinch one of three ways Saturday night.

Maybe the answer to getting the monkey off their back is clinching a playoff spot. The Wild can do just that – and maybe bust out of their March slide – one of three ways Saturday night. They clinch if:

  1. They beat the Canucks
  2. The Kings lose to the Rangers in regulation
  3. They lose to the Canucks in OT or a shootout and the Kings lose in OT or a shootout

Meanwhile, the Wild might as well stop watching what the Blackhawks do. Chicago is eight points ahead of Minnesota and an 89% favorite to win the Central Division, according to PlayoffStatus.com.

Instead, they should be scoreboard watching St. Louis and Nashville. The Wild are likely to finish second in the division, meaning their first-round playoff opponent will be the Blues or Predators (the team that places third in the division).

Tied at 85 points, the Blues host Calgary Saturday and the Predators host the Sharks on the second night of a back-to-back.

Minnesota lost three of five to St. Louis this season and they've beaten Nashville three out of four with one more to go.

Not only have the Wild fared better against Nashville, but playing the Blues comes with added pressure since ex-Wild head coach Mike Yeo is now the head coach in St. Louis.

Next Up

moose minnesota usfws - flickr

MN homeowner mistakes large tent for dead moose

They spotted two people on a security camera dragging the "moose" across a driveway.

Flickr - minneapolis police officer close-up belt camera - Tony Webster

What happens if Mpls. public safety question passes? City memo provides answers

The memo was sent to the mayor and council members Tuesday morning.


COVID-19 hits Minnesota Wild coaching staff

The Wild will be shorthanded for Tuesday night's game in Vancouver.

Anthony Edwards

Ant takes alpha role after bad loss: 'We need to lock the f*** in'

The Timberwolves' rising star was not happy after Monday's loss to the Pelicans.

parker eisinger

Lakeville football player diagnosed with cancer week before playoffs

The tenth-grader was diagnosed with a form of cancer most commonly found in people aged 65 and older.

University of Minnesota peeping tom suspect

Someone keeps trying to film showering women at U of M

The university has received three reports in the past two weeks.

john Fluevog shoes 1

John Fluevog Shoes closes its Uptown Minneapolis store

The brand could return to the Twin Cities one day.

sidecar drink

Sidecar — Town Hall's new cocktail lounge — is officially open in Minneapolis

It's the fifth Town Hall location, but the first to focus on cocktails.

Screen Shot 2019-07-18 at 9.10.30 AM

Here's where DFLers stand on Minneapolis' public safety ballot question

The question would create a Department of Public Safety and remove some requirements.

Arthur Kollie

Man pleads guilty to brutal murder of 14-year-old girl in Fargo

The 14-year-old girl was the victim of a random attack outside a Fargo strip mall.

Minneapolis Mayoral Candidates 2021 - jacob frey sheila nezhad kate knuth

Here's who has endorsed the frontrunners for Minneapolis mayor

Politicians and community groups are voicing their opinions.


Wild clinch a playoff spot despite 'embarrassing' loss to Vancouver

The Wild are literally the second-worst team in the NHL in March.

On the line tonight: A playoff spot for the Minnesota Wild

The Wild can clinch a playoff spot by beating the Flyers tonight.

Wild loss gives Chicago home ice throughout the playoffs

The Wild ran into a brick wall named Pekka Rinne on Saturday.

Here's how the Wild can clinch a playoff spot Monday

A win a little help from the Kings will get it done.

If the NHL playoffs started to today the Wild would ...

Minnesota's first-round playoff opponent will likely be one of these teams.

This week will determine the Wild's playoff opponent: St. Louis or Nashville

It's the final week of the regular season as the Wild gear up for the first round of the playoffs.

Wild might have to play Mike Yeo's red-hot Blues in the playoffs

If the playoffs started today the Wild would be matched up against Mike Yeo's Blues.