Wild ready for the playoff push

Wild forward Cal Clutterbuck doesn't think the question is whether the Wild can hang onto a playoff spot. He believes "it's a question of us climbing the ladder from here." The Wild opens the second half of the season Tuesday night against Nashville, and head coach Mike Yeo says every game now "matters."
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Wild forward Cal Clutterbuck doesn't think the question is whether the Wild can hang onto a playoff spot. He believes "it's a question of us climbing the ladder from here." The Wild opens the second half of the season Tuesday night against Nashville, and head coach Mike Yeo says every game now "matters."

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