Minnesota's Season: 43-27-12, .598, fourth in the Western Conference, 11th overall
It may have been only a marginal improvement over last season's .573, but Minnesota posted its second-best winning percentage in franchise history.
The Wild started off a strong 15-5-4, and their star goaltending kept them competitive for months as their possession-based play gradually but consistently eroded. Minnesota consequently allowed the seventh-fewest goals in the NHL.
Everything slowly started to come back together throughout March, with the Wild eventually capping the season with a 6-1-1 record down the stretch.
Minnesota earned its fifth postseason appearance in its 20-year franchise history and has a decent chance to escape the first round for only the second time.
Colorado's Season: 52-22-8, .683, first in the Western Conference, third overall
What a turnaround! From the first overall draft pick to a close race for the Presidents' Trophy, it has been quite a successful season for inevitable Jack Adams winner Patrick Roy.
Colorado had the second-best record in its 34-season franchise history, bested only by its 2000-01 Stanley Cup-winning season when Roy was the goalie instead of the coach.
The Avalanche finished fourth in goals scored with Jamie McGinn leaving the team just one goal shy of having six 20-goal scorers. In net, Semyon Varlamov is in the mix for the Vezina Trophy in a season that saw the Avalanche allow the sixth-most shots, 255 more than they took themselves, but finish near the league average in goals against.
This is Colorado's first postseason appearance since 2009-10 and only its fourth since the 2005 lockout.