We've been up and down all year. That great start? A distant memory. Now we're clawing for the right to get whooped by either the Sharks or Red Wings in the playoffs. I may sound pessimistic, but don't let that phase you - I want the Wild to make it in because, well, you just never know.
That said, tomorrow night's game with the Flames is our defining moment this season. If the Wild win, they'll make the playoffs. I don't know why, I just feel it. The momentum that team would receive from a win in the Saddledome - the building in which we have, by far, the worst road record - would lift the team. And if they lose? Well, they're done. They're not mathmatically eliminated with a loss, but in my mind, they'd be done. Stick a fork in them. Ready the offseason of zero (positive) moves.
We're the Twins of the National Hockey League.
So if you're a diehard fan or just a fringe one, watch the game tomorrow night. It's the most important game this season. Hell, even if you don't like the Wild, tomorrow's game will have a playoff atmosphere. And if it doesn't - that'll give you a very good idea of whether or not Minnesota will be in this year's playoffs.
Keep your stick on the ice,