Breaking down playoff scenarios this time of year sometimes can get confusing.

But for the Minnesota Wild, who haven't been to the Stanley Cup Playoffs since 2008, getting there this season can't be any simpler: Win on Friday against the Edmonton Oilers and they're in.

History would indicate Minnesota has a reasonably solid chance of becoming the seventh team in the Western Conference to clinch a postseason berth. The Wild have won 19 of their past 20 games against the Oilers at Xcel Energy Center. Niklas Backstrom, expected to get the start in goal for Minnesota, never has lost to Edmonton at home.

Of the three remaining teams in the West hoping to clinch one of the final two spots, Minnesota is in the best position to do it. Both the Columbus Blue Jackets and Detroit Red Wings have just one game remaining, while the Wild have two, against the two teams with the fewest points in the conference -- after the Oilers, they play Saturday at the Colorado Avalanche.

But veterans like Kyle Brodziak know nothing will be handed to them over the next 36 hours, especially against prideful division rivals. The teams they are competing for that last spot with also have caught fire recently and also finish with games against teams out of the playoff race.

"Nobody expected us to get any help," Brodziak said. "The teams that are fighting for the playoff spots, you have to expect they are going to be winning games. I think as soon as the game [Tuesday] finished, we knew we were going to have to do the same [Friday]."

Brodziak is wrapping up his fourth season with the Wild and has played two full seasons and parts of two others with the Oilers. In those eight seasons, Brodziak has yet to skate in a playoff game in the National Hockey League.

Instead, Brodziak has heard about the playoff experience from teammates like Zach Parise, who has made the playoffs in each full season he's played in since entering the League in 2005.

"Yeah, it is the unknown," Brodziak said. "There's guys that talk about it all the time, how exciting it is, and how much fun it is. That's what guys are excited for, to be able to play at that other level that a lot of us haven't been able to play at before."