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Wild Vs. Capitals: Minnesota Looks To Bounce Back Against Washington

Wild looking to finish season strong.

The Minnesota Wild's hopes of regaining their early season form and working their way into the playoffs took a major hit last night with their 3-1 loss to the Buffalo Sabres, but there is no time to reflect on the impact of that loss since the Wild have to bounce back and play the Washington Capitals on Sunday evening.

The Caps won't be happy with the Wild to begin with since Buffalo's win last night put the Sabres ahead of Washington for the eight spot in the Eastern Conference playoff race. The streaky Capitals appeared to lock themselves into a playoff spot after winning four games in a row earlier in March, but after going 1-2-2 in their last five games the Caps are currently on the outside looking in.

Meanwhile, the Wild will continue trying to play their new role as spoiler with just eight games remaining in the NHL regular season.

The game is scheduled to start at 5:00 p.m. ET and will be televised on NBC Sports.

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Photographs by Micah Taylor, clairity, and Fibonacci Blue used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.