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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St. Louis 3 Bottom 3rd Inning
Chicago Cubs 3
Toronto - M. Buehrle 6:05 PM
NY Yankees - H. Kuroda
Arizona - W. Miley 6:05 PM
Philadelphia - K. Kendrick
Washington - T. Roark 6:10 PM
Cincinnati - A. Simon
Boston - J. Lester 6:10 PM
Tampa Bay - D. Price
San Diego - J. Hahn 6:35 PM
Atlanta - A. Wood
Oakland - J. Hammel 7:05 PM
Texas - J. Williams
NY Mets - Z. Wheeler 7:10 PM
Milwaukee - Y. Gallardo
Miami - B. Hand 7:10 PM
Houston - D. Keuchel
Chicago WSox - J. Danks 7:10 PM
Minnesota - K. Correia
Cleveland - J. Tomlin 7:10 PM
Kansas City - Y. Ventura
Pittsburgh - C. Morton 7:40 PM
Colorado - B. Anderson
Detroit - D. Smyly 9:05 PM
LA Angels - T. Skaggs
Baltimore - K. Gausman 9:10 PM
Seattle - F. Hernandez
Los Angeles - Z. Greinke 9:15 PM
San Francisco - T. Lincecum
Chivas USA 8:30 PM
Calgary 26 FINAL
Edmonton 22
Winnipeg 9:00 PM
Brt Columbia
Ottawa 7/26/14 6:00 PM
Toronto 7/26/14 9:00 PM
Winnipeg 7/31/14 6:00 PM
Toronto 8/1/14 6:00 PM
Brt Columbia 8/1/14 9:00 PM
Saskatchewan 8/2/14 6:00 PM
Tulsa 6:00 PM
Chicago 6:30 PM
San Antonio 7:00 PM
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