After Tuesday night’s victory the Minnesota Wild have climbed out of the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference and now are in the seventh spot. They are currently one point ahead of the Vancouver Canucks and four points ahead of the Phoenix Coyotes.
The Anaheim Ducks, on the other hand, are sitting in first place in the West. Not only are they in first place in the West, but they are currently the points leader in the entire NHL. The Ducks have 83 points and are six points better than the next closest teams — Chicago Blackhawks and St. Louis Blues.
It’s for this reason when you read that the Wild went into Anaheim and defeated the Ducks you might shake your head. How does a team so far ahead of everyone else allow another team to walk into their home and defeat them? This is even crazier to think about when you realize the Ducks were 21-1-2 before the game against the Wild.
That’s why you must consider this win for the Wild as one of the best of the season. I know coaches and players will say it’s only one game in 82. However, this is a staple win for the Wild. As a matter of fact this could be one of those wins that is looked back upon as a turning point in the season. If not a turning point, it may be looked at as the place the season was launched forward in a dramatic way. Of course, it could just be another win that doesn’t mean anything when the season ends. Guess we’ll have to wait until May to find out.