Apr 9, 2013; St. Paul, MN, USA; Minnesota Wild goalieNiklas Backstrom
(32) makes a save on defends Chicago Blackhawks forwardPatrick Kane
(88) during the third period at the Xcel Energy Center. The Blackhawks defeated the Wild 1-0. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports
For the third straight day a different team holds down the #8 seed in the Western Conference. If the playoffs started today the Minnesota Wild would be the Hawks opponent in the first round but they have two game left to play while Detroit and Columbus only have one game to play.
Last Night’s Action
Detroit Red Wings-5 Nashville Predators-2 The Predators did the Red Wings a huge favor by starting Chris Mason over Pekka Rinne last night and it showed with 5 goals scored by Detroit. The Red Wings late season surge has pushed them from outside looking in at the playoffs to the #7 seed.
Columbus Blue Jackets-3 Dallas Stars-1 Columbus keeps their playoff hopes alive with 2 third period power play goals while the Stars miss the playoffs for the fifth straight season.
Standings for the 8th Seed
7. Detroit 54 points with 1 game remaining
8. Minnesota Wild- 53 points with 2 games remaining
Outside Looking in on the Playoffs
Columbus Blue Jackets-53 with 1 game remaining
Edmonton Oilers at Minnesota Wild- The Oilers are 1-10 in their last 11 games so the Wild have no excuse to come away with a home win tonight and help solidify their playoff chances.
Who are you rooting for and who are you rooting against?
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