While the 2020 Stanley Cup playoffs will be the most unusual postseason in NHL history, they still offer both the Minnesota Wild and Vancouver Canucks a chance to end long droughts when the two clubs begin their Western Conference qualifying round series on Sunday night in Edmonton.
The Wild haven’t won a playoff series since 2015. That was also the last year that Vancouver even reached the postseason, and the Canucks haven’t won a playoff series since defeating the San Jose Sharks in the 2011 Western Conference finals.
Both teams face a unique challenge entering this best-of-five series on neutral ice, after close to five months of inactivity due to the league shutdown. As far as Wild forward Jordan Greenway is concerned, however, situational differences don’t matter when the Stanley Cup is at stake.
“You really never know how many cracks you’re going to get at it,” said Greenway, whose five