The Minnesota Wild continue to find ways to lose games horribly, outscored 15-1 in their last 3 outings. Their playoff chances (according to SportsClubStats.com) are down to 0.2%. (On an aside, they were as high as 97% after their last game in Phoenix on December 10, a 4-1 victory.)
Even for me, who previously described myself as "probably the playoff-optimist of the Wild blogosphere," I have let my playoff hope get buired. The 0.2% is pretty much reliant on winning all but two, maybe three, of the Wild's remaining games. Not happening. The last optimist has left the building.
So what's at stake for the Wild the rest of the way? To me, it's one of two things, the Wild can either tank for a better draft position, or they can try to make the playoff race close for the sake of free agency.
(which option do I favor? below the jump)