The Wild is surging in the second half of the season, strengthening a once-tenuous hold on reaching the playoffs for a sixth consecutive season. The Timberwolves have been on a consistent trajectory all season to reach the playoffs for the first time since 2003-04.
It could bring a convergence of schedules that would turn the Twin Cities in mid-April into an exciting, chaotic playoff mess.
The NHL playoffs start April 11. The NBA playoffs start April 14.
If both teams make the playoffs, with the Wild as a bottom four seed and the Wolves as a top four seed, there almost certainly will be one of the following scenarios:
Four nights of home playoff games between the two teams in a five-date span, alternating dates, between April 14 and April 18.
Or: Two dates where both teams have home playoff games, which looks like it would be April 15 and April 17 based on how each league postseason schedule breaks.
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