When you think of the Minnesota Wild, what comes to mind?
If you’re one of those fans who think the team’s the best in the NHL, you might want to wait a little while longer.
Minnesota’s top-seeded Wild, who are a full eight points behind the Detroit Red Wings in the Metropolitan Division, will be playing the Detroit City Blues, the defending Stanley Cup champions, on Wednesday at 5 p.m.
The Wild have won seven straight games and five of their last six to close out the regular season.
There is no doubt that the Wild have a great chance to win the Stanley Cup.
That said, they have a long way to go.
This is not a playoff-caliber team.
A lot of things can go right for the Wild to take the next step.
Last season, the Wild were a total mess.
They were tied for the second-worst record in the league.
They were 0-8-1 and were the worst team in the entire NHL in goals scored and shots on goal.
Their only playoff series win came in Game 7 of the 2014 Western Conference Final against the Dallas Stars.
Despite that, the team went on to make the playoffs for the third time in five seasons.
“It’s been a roller coaster,” Wild defenseman Mikael Granlund said.
“I think it’s been tough to get back on track with that.
The Wild will get their first chance to show that the group that made the playoffs last season will be able to keep going in the playoffs this year.”
We’re not there yet.”
The Wild will get their first chance to show that the group that made the playoffs last season will be able to keep going in the playoffs this year.
The Wild and Blues will play for the Metropolitan Conference title, the second straight year the two teams will play in the conference finals.
It’s the fourth straight year that the two clubs will be in the finals, and the second time that they will have the same team finish in the top four.
The Blues won the conference title in 2015, and are currently playing for the Eastern Conference title after a sweep of the Tampa Bay Lightning.
With three straight games against the Wild and one game against the Devils, the Blues are hoping to get a step closer to being in the Stanley Championship Series.
In the standings, the St. Louis Blues have the best record in hockey at 14-10-4.
The Wild have the worst record at 13-13-5.
St. Louis is second in the Central Division with 48 points and the third wild card.
After a strong start to the season, Blues fans may not have much faith in the Wild after last year’s collapse.
If they get a bounce-back year, the Wolves may have more to prove than just this season.