The Minnesota Wild concluded a stellar second half of March with a victory over the Los Angeles Kings, and it seemed inevitable they would be heading to their first postseason in five years.
Then came struggles in April and a home losing streak that could become the worst in franchise history Tuesday night, leaving Minnesota's playoff fate in limbo as it meets a Kings team fighting for home-ice advantage in the first round.
The Wild ended last month by winning eight of nine after a 4-3 shootout victory over Los Angeles on March 30 and were tied with Vancouver atop the Northwest Division.
They have gone just 3-7-1 this month, including a 3-0 defeat at Los Angeles on April 4, and are tied with Columbus for seventh in the Western Conference -- not far ahead of Detroit and Dallas.
Minnesota (24-18-3), which hasn't qualified for the playoffs since 2007-08, fell 5-1 to Calgary on Sunday for its fifth straight home loss. The team hasn't dropped six consecutive home games since joining ...