Bruce Boudreau offered perhaps the boldest words spoken this season by an NHL head coach on Thursday afternoon, when he guaranteed his team, the struggling Minnesota Wild, would make a seventh straight trip to the postseason.
"We're going to make the playoffs," Boudreau said following practice. "That's about as elaborate as I want to get. You want me to predict how many wins we're going to have in the last month and a half? No. But we're going to make the playoffs."
Then again, if a head coach is going to make such a stout statement, best to do so when his team is about to face an opponent that can make him look prescient.