Why hello there my northern brethren and sisteren! It’s been another tight week in these Twin Cities of ours. The Wild win, the Twins…well, don’t, and an art show gets your weekend cooking. Holla.

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The Wild recently welcomed back Jason Zucker. From their Facebook page.

Playoffs?

After getting manhandled at home by the bigger, stronger Winnipeg Jets, YOUR Minnesota Wild clinched a playoff spot with a 2-1 victory in Chicago on Tuesday. More impressively they beat the Nashville Predators last night as well, bringing their road win streak up to a record tying twelve straight games.

They’ll need that good mojo as they head into an NHL playoff season where it feels like anything can happen. There aren’t any really dominant teams so if there was any year that the athletic, relatively young Wild can make a run it’s now. They’ll most likely play the Blues in the first round and they beat them easily both at home and on the road in the last month so that’s also helpful.

Target Field might as well be Lake Woebegone

The Twins made one of their worst starts to a season in their history this week, losing three games in astoundingly bad fashion. Their young lineup being picked apart by elite pitcher David Price is to be expected. Their pathetic performance against lesser pitchers Anibal Sanchez and something called Shane Greene, however, shows how loooong 2015 will be for the team.

Already famously, the Twins went almost three games without scoring a run. They went two and a half without even getting a runner to third base (and once they did it was on a bloop hit that could have been called an error). I do think their offense will warm up eventually – they were one of the better hitting teams in baseball in the second half of last year with basically the same lineup – but things still don’t look pretty.

Do you even want to hear about how terrible their pitching has been? Good, because I didn’t really want to talk about it. It depresses me just to think about. Let’s just say that it looks even worse than their offense.

How’s this for arts and crafts?

If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, The American Craft Council has their yearly show at the St. Paul RiverCentre.

Because I have something of an “in” at the RiverCentre I had a sneak peak at some of the stuff for sale and it’s all pretty radical. Whether you’re looking for a funky conversation piece for your apartment, some alternative clothing for your gal, or a rocking chair made out of scrap metal, the show has you covered. It’ll be worth it just to see all the cool stuff, trust me.

Admission is $12 and it runs Friday 10 am-8 pm, Saturday 10 am-6pm, and Sunday 11am-5pm.