Weekly Wild Whangdoodle: Home Ice

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Games this week:

The last four home games of the regular season.  The Wild have really dominated when at home (18-5-1, .771, +29 goal differential).  The only question now is whether these games will matter.

With the win over St. Louis on Saturday, the Wild have guaranteed that they will finish no lower than 3rd in the division.  Getting home ice in the playoffs would require the Wild to either...

  1. Pass Vegas (6 points back, two head to head games remaining) which means Minnesota has to win almost everything and get some help.
  2. Pass the Avalanche (2 points back, no head to head games, Colorado with a game in hand) which means Minnesota has to win almost everything and get some help.

The only way these remaining games matter is if the Wild knock out two regulation wins against Vegas. Anything else means the playoffs will start on the road.

Current Standings:

RankTeamGPPtsMagic Number
1Vegas53775 (division) - 2 (R1 home ice)
2Colorado52746 (R1 home ice)
4St. Louis5257#4 seed clinched
6Los Angeles5248eliminated
7San Jose5448eliminated

St. Louis will be the #4 seed and will start the playoffs against the division winner.

Kirill Kaprizov Corner



Fiala20Kaprizov22Fiala39Eriksson Ek12.9
Eriksson Ek19Zuccarello22Zuccarello 33Spurgeon9.4
Foligno/Sturm10Spurgeon18Eriksson Ek30Foligno8.8

36 thoughts on “Weekly Wild Whangdoodle: Home Ice”

  1. Couple things to point out:

    Best points percentage in Wild history:

    2021 - 0.686 (70 points in 51 games)
    2016-17 - 0.646 (106 points in 82 games)

    Highest goals per game in Wild history:

    2021 - 3.27 (167 goals in 51 games)
    2016-17 - 3.21 (263 goals in 82 games)

    1. ooo, re: GPG, and 51 vs 82 games, is there any correlation as the season progresses with GPG rates? One might think that teams fatigue slightly later in the year. Could they really maintain that record pace? Does this record need an asterisk?

  2. That was an intense, fun game. Fleury really played big again, and both teams came into this ready to send a message.

    It stinks to lose a game late, but it's easy to console ourselves with 12 points in 8 games against Vegas.

    I have to think the Wild are locked into the 3 seed now.

  3. The first period had:

    Kaprizov's 22nd assist - new Wild rookie record.

    Sturm's 10th goal - the 8th Wild rookie ever to get to 10 goals, the first year Minnesota has had two rookies reach the 10 goal mark.

      1. Wild need to win all three and have Colorado lose 2 in regulation.

        Colorado-Vegas on Monday has the Knights being able to clinch the division with a win.

        Otherwise Colorado has three against the Kings.

        I'd say its unlikely they catch/pass the Avs (I don't think they win all three games), but it would be really good for the Wild to start at home.

      2. I think the biggest question for me that no one is talking about is how much Marcus Foligno makes the Wild better.

        The Wild looked overmatched sometimes against the Avalanche, but Foligno missed 6 of the 8 games against Colorado this year, and Minnesota's puck possession is so much better when he's in the lineup.

        If he pushes the needle just a little bit toward evening the possesion numbers it becomes a battle of goalies. And i think the Wild can win that.

        I'll have to check out the home/ away split for puck possesion for Minnesota and Colorado.

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