The Minnesota Wild will have a chance to close out this season strong after a tumultuous collapse that saw them as the best team in hockey a couple months into the season to completely out of the playoff picture at season's end. On Thursday night, the Wild swept the Chicago Blackhawks in their home-and-home via shootout, 2-1, bringing them back to the .500 mark at 35-35-11.
Minnesota will close their season on Saturday against the Phoenix Coyotes. Chicago finishes against the Red Wings and, because they picked up a point tonight, can move into the No. 5 spot with a regulation win.