Tonight the Minnesota Wild host division rival the St. Louis Blues in St. Paul. Minnesota is riding the heels of a back-to-back after squeaking out a win against the lowly Buffalo Sabers last night. Devan Dubnyk started again last night and not Darcy Kuemper. Kuemper has not started a game since facing the Capitals on February 26th. Despite the Wild seeing some lowly teams like Buffalo and Toronto, Torch has opted to give Dubnyk the net and not Kuemper. My guess is they want Dubnyk to build up some confidence after a rough stretch in the middle of February. David Jones netted his first goal in a Wild sweater while skating on fourth line with Jarret Stoll and Ryan Carter. Justin Fontaine was held out of the lineup since Jason Zucker also returned from injury. With a physical team like St. Louis in town, I wouldn't be too surprised to see Nate Prosser active tonight but the Wild did not hold a morning skate sooooooo there's that!
St. Louis Notes
The St. Louis Blues have suffered some injuries this season yet have not missed a beat. The Blues are just two point out of the top spot in the Central Division. Despite the Blues ranking just 24th in goals per game they still are getting wins. The goals against has been solid as the Blues have ridden Jake Allen (when healthy) and have used phenomenal special teams all year long too. This is not the same Steve Ott esc team that we saw last April and if I was a betting a man, the Blues would give the Wild a much better run for their money this postseason.
The Wild has earned points in eight of its last 11 regular-season contests against the Blues (5-3-3), including a current five-game point streak in Saint Paul (3-0-2)
Ryan Suter has six helpers in a season-high five-game assist streak and 13 points (1-12=13) in his last 16 games.
The Blues are looking to snap a two-game slide at Xcel Energy Center. Their last win came in Game 4 of their 2015 first-round playoff matchup