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Wild beat L.A, inch closer to playoffs

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The Wild have struggled in the month of April and while that isn't exactly breaking news, their five straight losses at Xcel Energy Center had their vision of a playoff appearance at the equivalent of a boxer trying to clear the fog as the referee hit seven on a standing 10 count. With the defending Stanley Cup champions in town and three games remaining in the regular season, the bottom line was the Wild needed a win over Los Angeles.

They got it.

After jetting rookies Mikael Granlund and Jason Zucker back to Houston and shifting Cal Clutterbuck back with Jason Pominville and Matt Cullen, the marching orders from head coach Mike Yeo was, less cute, more grit.

The Wild got goals 16 seconds apart from Charlie Coyle and Clutterbuck in the first period to set the tone offensively and Niklas Backstrom, playing in his 13th straight game closed the door in the 2-1 win, the biggest of the season.

The lone Kings goal came with less than a second left in the second period when Jeff Carter rifled a shot past Backstrom for the Kings lone goal.

The win puts the Wild two points ahead of eighth place Columbus and three clear of Detroit and can clinch a playoff spot with a win at home on Friday against Edmonton.

The West:

1. Chicago (73)

2. Anaheim (64)

3. Vancouver (59)

4. Los Angeles (57)

5. San Jose (57)

6. St. Louis (56)

7. Wild (53)

8. Columbus (51)

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9. Detroit (50)

10. Dallas (48)

Remaining Schedule:

Wild remaining games

Friday- Edmonton

Saturday- @Colorado

Columbus remaining games

Thursday- @Dallas

Saturday- Nashville

Detroit remaining games

Wednesday- Los Angeles

Thursday- Nashville

Saturday- @Dallas

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