If Wild keep it up, add back key players, they have a shot

The Wild are ranked second in the Western Conference. They've managed to accomplish that with a lot of blocked shots and without Dany Heatley and Mikko Koivu. ESPN analyst Barry Melrose says the team has the makings for a playoff chance.
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The Wild are ranked second in the Western Conference. They've managed to accomplish that with a lot of blocked shots and without Dany Heatley and Mikko Koivu. ESPN analyst Barry Melrose says the team has the makings for a playoff chance.

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