The view from Minnesota

The Minnesota Wild are not out of the Western Conference playoff race, not by any stretch of the imagination, given that they’re only five points behind eighth-place Dallas, but the Wild missed a huge opportunity last night. They could have moved ahead of Calgary and moved within one point of the 10th-place Kings. Instead, the Wild remain in 12th place,needing to leapfrog four teams to claim a playoff spot, and now they start a stretch that includes four of their next five games on the road, and also includes Detroit, surging Colorado and white-hot Phoenix. Not to mention that Mikko Koivu will be out for the next two weeks, and the hard-charging Anaheim Ducks are only a point behind the Wild. The Kings have one more game in Minnesota, at the end of March, and would probably like to see the Wild out of the playoff picture by then. Here’s how the Minneapolis Star Tribune and the Pioneer Press covered last night’s game…

Wild piled on: Shutout loss, Koivu shut down (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

Wild season continues to slip away in loss to Kings (Pioneer Press)

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