Wild must continue to play its best against the best

Star Tribune
Wild must continue to play its best against the best
Wild must continue to play its best against the best

Jason Zucker knows it might sound counterintuitive. Crazy, even. But with eight games remaining in the regular season, and the Wild sitting one point out of a playoff spot, the forward sees a possible advantage in facing several of the NHL's best teams over the next 16 days. "I think it's great,'' Zucker said after Thursday's practice at Tria Rink. "We've got battles ahead of us, but I like that for our team. I think that's when we've played our best this year.'' It's a strange wrinkle this season: the Wild has often risen to the occasion against its most daunting opponents, then stumbled against the lowly. With all of its remaining games against teams currently in playoff position – starting

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