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NHL Standings 2012: Wild Can Only Slide Around Bottom Of West At This Point

The only question that the Minnesota Wild have left in 2012 is whether they will finish 12th or 13th in the Western Conference with one game to play.

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To call the season a disappointment for the Minnesota Wild would be an understatement considering how good the year started off for them. Unfortunately after a hot start, the team started to falter down the stretch and an untimely injury bug helped knock the Wild out of the playoff picture for good as March started to go along.

With only one game left in the season for the Wild, the only question is if they will finish 12th or 13th in the Western Conference. The out-of-playoffs Colorado Avalanche are currently in 11th with 88 points, obviously uncatchable by the Wild with their 81. A win on Saturday against the Coyotes would clinch 12th for them, while a loss would open up the chance that the Anaheim Ducks -- owners of 80 points -- to leap frog them. The Ducks play the Calgary Flames on Saturday.

It's really just bad news either way for the Wild at this point in what has been a season of lost potential.

For the full NHL conference standings, check out the NHL website.

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