ST. PAUL — Momentum, the Wild promise, is not an issue with the NHL playoffs starting Thursday in Dallas. Since closing the regular season with a fifth straight loss Saturday, the team has hit the reset button. But playing without three regulars? There’s no dodging that as the eighth-seeded Wild take aim at upsetting the Western Conference champions in Game 1 at American Airlines Center.
MINNEAPOLIS — Perhaps even more remarkable than the Twins’ franchise-worst 0-7 start is the utter lack of defeatism in their clubhouse. If any players are beaten down or nearing their personal breaking points, they have done a marvelous job of disguising it in public.
ST. PAUL — As Nino Niederreiter sat on his couch watching the Blues play the Blackhawks Thursday night, he began to mentally prepare for a playoff series against the Dallas Stars. The Blues trailed 1-0 with a minute left in the game; had they lost, the Wild would have been locked into a first-round playoff series against the Stars.
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ST. PAUL — With an “x” next to their name in the standings for making the playoffs, the Wild can officially turn their attention to the postseason, if not their opponent — the not-yet-determined Western Conference champs. Technically, three teams still can win the conference, but for the Wild’s purpose, it’s really a two-team race between the Dallas Stars and the St. Louis Blues.
ST. PAUL — A few minutes after the Wild clinched a fourth straight playoff appearance Tuesday, interim Wild coach John Torchetti defiantly defended his team’s achievement. So what if they clinched following a fourth straight loss? The real story is a 15-10-1 record in the seven weeks since he took over for Mike Yeo, fired on Feb. 13. When Torchetti took the reigns, the Wild were five points out of a playoff spot with 27 games to play.
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MINNEAPOLIS — Plenty of things went right for the Twins last season, a return to respectability after four straight seasons of 90-plus defeats. While 83 wins were an encouraging sign, the Twins still finished three games out of the second wild-card spot in the American League, and 12 games behind the eventual World Series champions from Kansas City in the AL Central.
ST. PAUL — Charlie Coyle said he was “stunned” when Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith swung his stick into Coyle’s face during the Wild’s 4-1 victory Tuesday night. The play, which resulted in Keith’s ejection Tuesday and a looming suspension, left Coyle with a black eye and stitches on his nose. He said Wednesday that his nose, which took the brunt of the stick, wasn’t broken.
EDEN PRAIRIE — The Vikings’ offensive line rebuild is complete. Free-agent tackle Andre Smith agreed to a one-year contract on Thursday, joining guard Alex Boone as new additions to a unit that surrendered 45 sacks last season. Smith announced the deal on Twitter; a source said it’s worth $3.5 million, and as much as $1 million more in incentives.