The Wild enters the new year with a record of 20-16-3. Last year's Wild was 25-9-5 through its first 39 games and didn't lose its 16th game until March 7 — just another example of the difference one year can make.
The Wild starts 2018 with two winnable home games against Eastern Conference foes, starting Tuesday against Florida (7 p.m., FSN).
"The Vikings have had a great season no matter what happens in the playoff, including a loss in their first game as sometimes is the case following an opening round bye. Great defense and some good receivers plus Keenum is the real thing!"
"notsid2" commenting on startribune.com.
"The two teams to keep an eye on for Pat Shurmur could be the Bears and Cardinals; sources believe those two clubs have the strongest interest in the Vikings' offensive coordinator."'