Wild vs Blues
Wild vs Blues Live/ Minnesota Wild vs St Louis Blues Live/ Blues vs Wild Live NBC Sports is trying something new in playoff markets this year for round one. They will air their national broadcast team (for the Blues that’s Brian Boucher on analysis and John Forslund on play-by-play), while the local channels will air their own broadcast. This year you’ll be able to choose between NBCSN’s coverage and Fox Sports Midwest’s coverage for games not airing on NBC.
Tonight’s puck drop is at a late 8:30. You can tune in to your TV station of choice, KMOX 1150 AM (the Cards game is an afternoon one), or you can view the game on one of NBCSN’s myriad of streaming options (cable log-in required) – you can log into the Live Extra app on your tablet, phone, or through the Live Extra website on NBC Sports’ website.
While everyone is salivating over a potential Claude Julien rematch against his former club in the second round, I’d like to remind you that Mike Yeo is facing the Wild in the first round.
Yeo returns to the Twin Cities with a Blues team missing Kevin Shattenkirk and a veteran backup to Jake Allen. Bruce Boudreau, on the other hand, has a slowly warming Devan Dubnyk and a Wild team that finished the year on a four-game win streak.
It’s not the most attractive of series, but the revenge factor is a very interesting subplot to this Central Division dance.
What we learned in the season series
Minnesota got the best of St. Louis in the middle of the season, but the Blues rallied to take the series 3-2 after Allen held the Wild to one goal on 33 shots back in March. When the Wild were rolling in December and January, however, their offense was unstoppable as they outscored the Blues 8-2 over a pair of games. Allen will need to be up to the task like he was the last time these two teams played.
3rd in Central Division, St. Louis Blues (46-29-7) begins its quest for the Stanley Cup on Wednesday against 2nd in Central Division, Minnesota Wild (49-25-8) in the NHL Western Conference Quarterfinals, round-1, game-1. The game tips-off at 10:00 PM EST in Xcel Energy Center, Saint Paul.
This will be the fifth straight year in the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the Wild but the first time under coach Bruce Boudreau, who took the position last May after five seasons with the Anaheim Ducks.
Forward Mikael Granlund who set NHL career highs in goals (26), assists (43) and points (69) this season will be the trump card for the Wild.