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With Wild in 'sadness' of purgatory, Sabres are both a ray of hope and a cautionary tale

Posted On: Nov 19, 2019   |   Posted By: Startribune

Micah Blake McCurdy runs a website of helpful hockey charts , and my favorite of all his data-based visual reports is one called "Sadness."
The Sadness report offers rolling odds, updated each day, of how likely it is for an NHL team to both miss the playoffs AND not get a top-five draft pick. Those are the teams in NHL purgatory - not good enough to make the postseason, but not bad enough to have a better chance at drafting a high-impact player who could change their fortunes down the road.
Entering play Tuesday, the Wild rank second-highest on the "sadness" list with a 48% chance, per Hockey Viz, of achieving the undesired double. And really, Minnesota is No. 1 on the list if we exclude the Sharks - the runaway sadness leaders at the moment at 75%, but mainly because they have already traded away their first-round pick in 2020 (and therefore won't have a top-five pick even if they nab one in the lottery).
The Wild's season is only 20 games old, but I can't think of a better...

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