Tonight, both the Minnesota Timberwolves and Minnesota Wild will look to break out of their current slumps in front of national audiences as they gear up for their respective postseason pushes.
The Minnesota Wild, once in first place in the Central Division and tops in the Western Conference, have slumped into a 5-game losing streak, with only one win in their last eight contests. As a result, the Wild have slipped into 2nd place in the Central Division, 7 points behind the surging Blackhawks. With only 11 games remaining in the season, Minnesota needs every point it can salvage if it has any hopes of catching Chicago. Tonight they will host the Pacific Division leading San Jose Sharks, who sit just a point behind the Wild in the Western Conference standings.
Also tonight, the Minnesota Timberwolves host the San Antonio Spurs in a Western Conference matchup. The Timberwolves come in having lost 3 in a row and 4 of the last 5 games. Minnesota is 4.5 games out of 8th place in the Western Conference, and will need to make a serious run if they have any hope of getting into the playoffs. The Spurs are only 2.5 games out of 1st place in the Western Conference, but have lost 2 of their last 3 games as they look to close the gap on the Warriors for first place in the West.
The Wild and the Sharks drop the puck at 7:30 pm on NBCSN, and the Timberwolves and Spurs tip off at 8:30 pm on ESPN and FSN.
- Intern Ryan