There were a lot of people who thought that the Minnesota Wild would be one of the biggest surprises this season. The Wild struggled to be consistent through their first 17 games of the season, but they are turning into a team to fear over the last two months. Minnesota has won their last two games after going through a stretch where they lost six of seven. The losing streak may have re-focused this Wild team though, and that means trouble for the Western Conference.
Niklas Backstrom looks like a goalie that can take a team and carry them on his back. The addition of Jason Pominville has been a lifesaver for Minnesota. Pominville has ten points already this month including six points in six games for the Wild since being traded over. Pominville just adds to a top line for the Wild that includes one of their big free-agent pickups Zach Parise.
Minnesota is in sixth place going into Wednesday’s play in the Western Conference standings. It is quite possible that the Wild move up to the No. 4 or No. 5 seed if they can go out and win at least four of their remaining games. I think that the Wild would be most dangerous if they can get to the fourth seed to have home ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs. The fans in Minnesota have always been some of the loudest in the NHL, and just having a game one there would likely send the Wild towards a series victory. There is no doubt that the Wild will make some serious noise once the playoffs begin.