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WCQF Game 4 Preview: Blues @ Wild


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The Wild delivered in front of their home faithful in game three and will look to leave St. Paul up 3-1 in the best-of-seven series. Minnesota has never been up 3-1 in a playoff series and are 6-1 in their last seven playoff games on home ice. St. Louis who has struggled on the road in the post season has 17 of their last 20 road playoff games. Minnesota outshot St. Louis 24-17 in game three and it was the first time a team was shutout in this years playoffs.

Rookie Matt Dumba couldn't contain himself when Steve (the pirate) Ott tried to ruffle his feathers and Dumba laughed in his face. Ott certainly is a new public enemy but its even crazier to think the Wild nearly signed him last off season. With St. Louis looking like lost puppies on the ice, they did  not even draw a power play opportunity and they will chang up their lines for tonight. Offense has been hard to come by for St. Louis, after the talented Valadmir Tarasenko netted a hat-trick in the game two, the young phenom did not register a shot on net in game three.

Steen - Backes - Oshie

Schwartz - Lehtera - Tarasenko

Jaskin - Stastny - Berglund

Porter - Ott - Reaves

There should be no lineup changes tonight for the Wild as the same group of guys have won both games for the Wild. This season, the Wild went 35-6-4 when scoring first, including wins in 22 of its last 25 games where it netted the opening goal. Our lord and liege Joe Bouley wrote a fantastic piece on that earlier today. The Wild continue to play well in front of Devan Dubnyk who is 18-0-1 when Minnesota scores at least three goals. The Wild blocked as many shots as the Blues put on goal last game. The top line for the Wild were buzzing all over the play last game creating chance after chance. Yeo continues to preach how much he likes how everyone is playing right now. Puck drop is at 8:30 tonight and the gamethread will open at 8:15.