The Wild’s Ryan Suter on the team’s playoff push
By T.J. Reardon NHL.com/CNBCThe Wild has secured another playoff berth in 2017, but this one will be more difficult than its first.
After winning five of six in the Western Conference, the Wild will face a fourth-place team in the Atlantic Division.
The Devils and Islanders are tied for the second wild-card spot with two games remaining.
The Wild has a chance to win its fourth Stanley Cup, but it has to overcome a team that has not won a postseason game since 1994.
The season has been a grind, but the Wild has shown flashes of its former greatness.
The Wild had a lot of ups and downs this season.
The team won the Stanley Cup but lost in the conference finals for the first time since 2010.
The playoffs were a dream come true for a young team.
The club will need to show it can make the playoffs this season if it wants a shot at winning the Stanley Cups again in 2018 and 2019.
The Devils have been playing good hockey all season.
They are 5-1-0 this season with a winning percentage of .917.
They defeated the Flyers on Sunday to secure a 3-1 win.
The Islanders are 6-1 in their last seven games and won three of four against the Wild.
The Isles have the best goal differential in the NHL.
They have allowed the fewest goals in the league this season (0.97).
The Islanders have scored five goals in a game twice.
They will have to make some mistakes on Sunday if they want to win.
Their goal differential is plus-1.
The Flyers are 4-0-0.
They won the Presidents’ Trophy in December and the Vezina Trophy in February.
They had the league’s best record entering the playoffs, but they lost the series to the New York Rangers.
The Flyers have scored six goals in five games.
The Islanders will need a big game from goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov.
He has a 1.70 goals-against average this season, good for fifth in the League.
The 21-year-old has a .929 save percentage.
The NHL record for a goalie with fewer than 100 saves is John Vanbiesbrouck of the Buffalo Sabres, who went 4-1 with a .940 save percentage in 1995-96.
The goalie has one shutout in nine appearances.
Bryzgalos goals against average is a career high of 1.55.
He is 2-1 against the Devils.
The 23-year old is 0-3 against the Islanders this season and has one goal and one assist.
The Kings have won four straight.
They scored three goals in regulation on Saturday, but lost 4-3 in overtime to the Wild on Sunday.
The Kings will need the Devils to play a better game Sunday.
The Bruins have won six of their last eight games.
They beat the Islanders in regulation to earn a 4-2 win on Sunday in Philadelphia.
The Bruins have the league-leading save percentage (.935).
The Bruins are 4th in the Eastern Conference at .923.
They lost their first three games of the season to the Stars, Rangers and Lightning.
The loss snapped a five-game winning streak.
The Panthers have won five of their past six games.
Their season is over.
The Panthers are 5th in goals allowed (26.6 per game) and 4th with a +6.1 save percentage (1.05).
The Panthers lost defenseman Cam Neely to a knee injury.
They could use another defenseman on defense.
They also have some issues on the penalty kill, but coach Bruce Boudreau says he does not expect that to affect the team this season or in the playoffs.
The Sharks are 3-0 in their past four games.
The Sharks are 2-0 against the Lightning.
They haven’t won a game this season against Tampa Bay.
The last time they lost was at home to the Lightning on Feb. 6, 2018.
The Penguins have a 1-4-0 record against Tampa.
The Predators are 3rd in the West at .915.
They swept the Rangers last season.
It was the first loss in Nashville history.
The Predators are 11-1 on the road this season despite losing three of their first four games at home.
The Senators are 6th in their own division at .823.
The Senators are 3.5 games behind the Sharks for the final wild-cards spot.
The Sens have lost three straight and three of five.
The first time they won at home in franchise history was Jan. 8, 2000.
The final game was a shootout win against the Bruins.
The Sabres are 3 of 4 in their previous four games and the Sabres are tied with the Islanders for the fifth spot in the East.
They hold a 2-2-0 mark in their final five games with two wins.
The Oilers have won nine of their previous 11 games.
They are 8-2 in their first 10. The