As a result of a poor end to the season, the Minnesota Wild will face the Chicago Blackhawks in the first round of the playoffs. Chicago leads the season series with a 2-0-1 record against Minnesota and enters the Stanley Cup Playoffs with the league’s best record.
Upsetting the mighty Hawks as the No. 8 seed would not only be significant in Wild franchise history, right up there with advancing to the Western Conference Finals in 2003, but it would also remind old-time hockey fans of the Minnesota North Stars’ Cinderella run to the Stanley Cup Finals in 1991. That year they beat the Blackhawks, 4-2, in the first round despite having a losing record.
Bleacher Report examines what it will take for Minnesota to pull off the upset.