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HW Podcast 103: Wild vs Blues Preview

We break down the Wild’s first-round match-up with our friends from Beyond Checkerdome!

NHL: St. Louis Blues at Minnesota Wild
There’s a lot of love between these two teams.
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It's Playoff Season, and we're #COMM17TED to bringing you the best playoff preview we possibly can here at the Hockey Wilderness Podcast!

The Wild will be facing the Blues, and Tim and Tyler from Beyond Checkerdome stopped by to give us a breakdown from the St. Louis perspective. Then, Tony talked to Joe Bouley, and they looked at the series from the Wild side of things.

Topics included:

  • How St. Louis overcame the loss of 3 key players
  • What Mike Yeo has done for the Blues
  • How a coaching change resurrected Jake Allen's season
  • How St. Louis' identity changed from the last playoff match-up
  • Who is scary besides Vladimir Tarasenko?
  • Can Allen or Devan Dubnyk become "playoff goalies"?
  • Is Minnesota the ideal match-up for the Blues?
  • Who is the player St. Louis most needs to shut down?
  • Minnesota's massive depth advantage
  • Does Mike Yeo's return make us nervous?
  • Why Yeo will need to change up his style to beat Minnesota
  • The Wild's transition game
  • Goalie troubles with the Wild
  • X-Factors for the Wild this series
  • Our Predictions!!!!

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