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Huge Game If Wild Want Home Ice

May 5, 2021, 11:54 AM ET [14 Comments]
Dan Wallace
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To say tonight's game is huge for the Wild is an understatement for sure. There are just four points separating the top three teams in the Honda/West Division with Vegas on top with 74 points, the Wild in third place with 70 sandwiched in between are the Avalanche at 72 with a game in hand on both Minnesota and Vegas.

Colorado is the odds on favorite to win the Division having the lightest remaining schedule as they face the Sharks tonight and the Kings four times, with a visit to Vegas sandwiched in the middle of those four.

In order for the Wild to get through the Division in the playoffs it will require beating both the Avalanche and Golden Knights, however playing Vegas in the first round would be a better draw based on how the teams match up.

That said beating the Golden Knights tonight would not only draw the Wild within two points of Vegas but also help Colorado in the process. Minnesota wants to get home ice in the first round as well and if they can pull off a regulation victory that would remain a possibility.

Vegas has a challenging schedule after tonight with their next three games despite the fact that they are all at home as the will host St. Louis for two and the aforementioned Colorado tilt before finishing the regular season in San Jose vs. the Sharks.

After tonight the Wild host the Ducks for two and then wrap up with two very tough road game in St. Louis.

It should be an entertaining final week and half before the real fun begins officially with the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Cam Talbot gets the nod once again between the pipes as the Wild look to keep the foot on the gas.

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