They're in the top 16 in The Athletic's pre-season preview, which is saying something, as it's a very good, detailed analysis. Definitely caught my attention that they're ahead of the 17-20 teams (Jets, Flyers, Canadiens & Islanders) as I've been expecting them to appear every day this week in one of those spots. So, probably looking at a 50/50 shot of making the playoffs and as we saw this past Spring, anything can happen once you get in. That being said, that is one hell of a tough division and the teams they were chasing (at least Dallas and Colorado, possibly Chicago) got better while only Winnipeg really got worse, so it's tough to be too optimistic on them...but I'll keep an open mind once the preview comes out (tomorrow?), as they seem to see an upside that many non-Wild fans probably don't.