There were only two games on, but Minnesota’s 2-1 win over Washington did have serious playoff implications. With those two points, the Wild have reclaimed the second Wild Card seed in the Western Conference, though they only have a one-point edge over Arizona and Colorado and both those teams have a game in hand over Minnesota. In other words, this was a vitally important win for the Wild, but their fate still isn’t entirely in their hands.
Saturday will be another major day in the battle for that last Wild Card spot. Minnesota will be in Carolina, Colorado will play Chicago, and Arizona will be in New Jersey. Of those games, the Avalanche contest against the Blackhawks has a secondary consideration. While Chicago’s hopes of clinching a Wild Card spot are slim at this point, they still exist. Chicago is five points back of Minnesota, but has played in two fewer games. A win against Colorado on Saturday would help Chicago close the gap on one of the teams it’s chasing as well as give them another two points. However, if Chicago loses that contest, it would be fair to see that as the final nail in the coffin.
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MINNESOTA 2 WASHINGTON 1
Luke Kunin scored the game-winning goal. It was his sixth goal and 16th point in 42 games.
Minnesota’s other goal was scored by Jordan Greenway. That gives him 12 markers and 23 points in 74 contests.
Brett Connolly found the back of the net for the Capitals. He has 21 goals and 43 points in 75 games.
Braden Holtby saved 25 of 27 Wild shots. He’s 27-19-5 with a 2.94 GAA and .907 save percentage in 54 contests.
At the other end of the ice, Devan Dubnyk saved 21 of 22 shots. He’s allowed just five goals over his last three starts and is 2-1-0 over that span.
ANAHEIM 4 SAN JOSE 3 (OT)
Jakob Silfverberg scored the overtime winner and registered two assists. He’s up to 23 goals and 37 points in 67 games.
Rickard Rakell contributed two goals and an assist for Anaheim. That gives him 13 goals and 36 points in 63 games.
John Gibson stopped 23 of 26 San Jose shots. He’s won five of his last six starts.
Justin Braun netted a goal for the Sharks. It was the defenseman’s second goal and 16th point in 71 games.
Aaron Dell saved 17 of 21 shots Friday night. He’s allowed at least three goals in four straight games.