After having absolutely NO puck luck in game two, the Wild are back on home ice looking to retake the series lead. Mike Yeo shuffled up the 4th line for game two and will go back to the grinders he threw out in game one. Sean Bergenheim and Justin Fontaine are back with Kyle Brodziak. Minnesota had a tougher time establishing their forecheck in the 1st period on Saturday. We all know the Blues are a physical team and they have certainly have displayed that in this series. The Wild did a great job at not taking the bait on stupid penalties in games one. Even with officiating being suspect at best in game two, you can not fault the Wild for that too much. Regardless, the Blues try to draw a lot of stupid penalties especially when they get frustrated, its up to the Wild to be fast and more disciplined which is why they won the opener of the series.
Jake Allen the rookie goaltender has not showed the deer in headlights look. However he certainly gives up a fair share of rebounds and the players in front of him saved his behind on more than one occasion (not to mention his posts a goalies best friend, winky face). If Minnesota continues to get pucks to the net the flood gates will open. Minnesotas top three lines have all done well at getting pucks to the net and creating scoring chances. Mikael Granlund and Matt Dumba were the ones scoring goals in game one. Charlie Coyle and Nino Niederreiter have looked strong on the 3rd line and (the peoples champ) Thomas Vanek had a nifty pass to set up the lone goal in game two even with his "marginal" effort. The 4th line had a great third period in game one, giving those forwards a much deserving rest. They will need that to do the same tonight.
Minnesota's blue liners have made Devan Dubnyk's job easy by blocking a ton of shots. Jordan Leopold should dress again tonight and has been another great addition by Chuck Fletcher. Pending an injury or the Wild falling on their face, it will be tough for Nate Prosser to get time this series. The Wild have not been as strong (as they should be) on home ice this season. Despite the State of Hockey having a very strong fanbase, for the love of god, DO NOT BOO when we dont score on the PP or play how YOU think they should be. They may not be the flashiest or "fanciest" teams, but damnit they get the job done. Its the playoffs, it would obviously take a lot for boo birds to come out tonight. If we use our stereotypical passive aggressive ways, mind our own business and let our team play its game, WE ARE ALL GOING TO HAVE A GOOD TIME. Puck drop is at 7pm and the gamethread will open at 6:45. Go Wild.