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Minnesota Wild v. St Louis Blues: Game 40 preview

Puck drop at 7, live from the Xcel Energy Center

Hannah Foslien

On paper, the Minnesota Wild and the St. Louis Blues are as close to being the same team as you can get. According to

You can't get much closer than these teams. Each has 46 points; each has allowed 98 goals; St. Louis has scored 107, the Minnesota Wild have scored 103; Minnesota is 13-5-1 at home, St. Louis is 13-7-1 on the road. Fourth place in the Western Conference, and the resulting home-ice advantage in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, remains within reach

It appears that Brian Elliott will be in goal for the Blues, coming off two shutouts in his last two games against Detroit and Nashville. The Wild offense will really need to step up their game to get pucks past him.

This isn't necessarily a do-or-die game for the Wild, but it's getting down to the wire. With the slump the team has gone through the last few weeks coupled with the end of the season, fans are getting anxious over the fact that if the team doesn't pull it together there might not be a post season.

The Blues are a tough team. The Wild have yet to beat them, losing 5-4 in January and 4-1 just 10 days ago.

The blue line is going to have to be sharp, the forward lines are going to have to score. Niklas Backstrom is going to need to be solid in net.

A couple of guys need to find their game and stay on it. We're looking at you Devin Setoguchi, Clayton Stoner and Tom Gilbert.

We'll be giving you a game thread about an hour before puck drop. Until then, let's get the adrenaline pumping for the game.