The race for eighth

With its 4-0 victory over Colorado on Saturday, the Wild took a five-point lead on the Avalanche for the eighth and final Western Conference playoff spot.

Wild Category Avs

85 Points 80

37-28-11 Record 38-33-4

6 Games remaining 7

2 Games vs. teams in playoff spot 7

Wild schedule (4H, 2A): Home vs. Chicago, Ottawa, San Jose, Calgary. At Detroit, Winnipeg.

Colorado schedule (3H, 4A): Home vs. Washington, St. Louis, Anaheim. At Nashville twice, St. Louis, Dallas.