Rand: Imagine having both Wild and Wolves in playoffs

  • Updated: May 5, 2014 - 9:06 PM

Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson and Wild center Mikko Koivu traded barbs in the third period at the United Center on Sunday. The last time both the Wild and Wolves were in the playoffs at the same time was 2003.

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At Wild media access Monday, I spent a fair amount of time trying to discern whether the words coming from the mouths of players and coach Mike Yeo were evidence of confidence or whether they were trying to talk themselves into believing they could once again rally from a 2-0 playoff hole, this time against the defending Stanley Cup champions.

It’s difficult and dangerous territory trying to interpret tones and dissect facial expressions. So after an hour or so, I stopped trying. Whether they believe they are Chicago’s equal — as was suggested Monday — the only thing that matters is there is a playoff game in St. Paul on Tuesday where the Wild can prove it.

And that is the fun part. The playoffs this time of year are fun, a fact that might have escaped us in recent years. But as thrilling as the seven-game series against Colorado was, imagine having not just the NHL playoffs going on here, but also the NBA playoffs. It is allowed to happen, even if the 2002-03 season is the only time it’s happened for both the Wild and Timberwolves.

To prove it, here is a list of the markets that had both NBA and NHL teams from 2000-01 (the year the Wild started) until now — minus Los Angeles and New York/New Jersey, which have multiple teams that tilt the odds in their favor. Here’s how much playoff fun those teams and markets have had:

Market Times NBA and NHL Combined titles

teams made playoffs in that span

Boston 9 (Celtics, Bruins) 2

Detroit 7 (Pistons, Red Wings) 3

Chicago 6 (Bulls, Blackhawks) 2

Dallas 7 (Mavericks, Stars) 1

Philadelphia 7 (76ers, Flyers) 0

Denver 4 (Nuggets, Avalanche) 1

Miami 1 (Heat, Panthers) 3

San Francisco 3 (Warriors, Sharks) 0

Toronto 2 (Raptors, Maple Leafs) 0

Phoenix 1 (Suns, Coyotes) 0

Washington, D.C. 1 (Wizards, Capitals) 0

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Philadelphia - WP: R. Hernandez 2 FINAL
Washington - LP: D. Fister 1
Seattle - LP: R. Elias 1 FINAL
Baltimore - WP: W. Chen 2
Texas - LP: J. Williams 2 FINAL
Cleveland - WP: D. Salazar 12
Colorado - LP: F. Morales 2 FINAL
Detroit - WP: J. Verlander 4
Cincinnati - WP: M. Latos 5 FINAL
Miami - LP: J. Cosart 2
San Francisco - WP: R. Vogelsong 5 FINAL
NY Mets - LP: J. Niese 1
LA Angels - WP: M. Shoemaker 5 FINAL
Tampa Bay - LP: J. Hellickson 3
NY Yankees - LP: C. Capuano 3 FINAL
Boston - WP: A. Ranaudo 4
Minnesota 7 Bottom 8th Inning
Chicago WSox 7
Toronto - LP: A. Loup 1 FINAL
Houston - WP: J. Veras 3
Milwaukee 7 Bottom 9th Inning
St. Louis 2
Kansas City 1 Bottom 6th Inning
Oakland 0
Pittsburgh 1 Bottom 6th Inning
Arizona 4
Atlanta 1 Bottom 4th Inning
San Diego 5
Chicago Cubs 4 Top 4th Inning
Los Angeles 1
NY Giants 8/3/14 7:00 PM
Indianapolis 8/7/14 6:00 PM
NY Jets
San Francisco 8/7/14 6:30 PM
New England 8/7/14 6:30 PM
Cincinnati 8/7/14 7:00 PM
Kansas City
Seattle 8/7/14 8:00 PM
Dallas 8/7/14 9:00 PM
San Diego
Philadelphia 1 FINAL
Sporting Kansas City 1
Winnipeg 27 FINAL
Hamilton 26
Toronto 31 FINAL
Montreal 5
Brt Columbia 10 0:56
Calgary 21
Saskatchewan 8/2/14 6:00 PM
Saskatchewan 8/7/14 7:30 PM
Edmonton 8/8/14 6:00 PM
Hamilton 8/8/14 9:00 PM
Brt Columbia
Ottawa 8/9/14 6:30 PM
Connecticut 89 FINAL
San Antonio 79
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