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The Wild are on the brink.

NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-Minnesota Wild at St. Louis Blues Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

The Wild face elimination tonight against the St. Louis Blues. Credit to the Blues, they have kept the games to the style that has best suited their strengths as a team and the Wild have been unable to find away to impose their will on their rivals. Pressure is surely mounting on the players to find a way to solve Jake Allen. Even if the Wild manage to get a win on the road in St. Louis, they have to be perfect for the rest of the series. It’s possible, and we’ve seen some pretty great heroics from this team when their back is against the wall, but it is a tall order. Time for some players to step up under pressure.

Wild News

Simple yet sound wisdom: Wild must take one step at a time in Game 4 - StarTribune.com
Down 3-0 to the Blues, the Wild must 'win a shift, win a period' to claw its way back Wednesday night in Game 4.

Souhan: The Wild can make it a series vs. Blues if it heeds this advice - StarTribune.com
Ten ways the Wild belatedly can make it a competitive series with the St. Louis Blues.

Boudreau shakes up lines as Wild prepare for must-win Game 4
The MN Wild changed all four of their lines as they prepared for a must-win Game 4 against the St. Louis Blues Wednesday night.

Wild face 'crunch time' in era of remarkable postseason parity
While the MN Wild continue to preach trusting the process facing a 3-0 deficit in the Western Conference quarterfinals, the St. Louis Blues will barely even mention the seemingly insurmountable lead. Both approaches make sense considering the parity that has defined the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Recaps

Blue Jackets beat Penguins in Game 4 to keep season alive - Sportsnet.ca
Markus Nutivaara, William Karlsson and Boone Jenner each had a goal and an assist and the Columbus Blue Jackets held on to beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-4 on Tuesday, avoiding a sweep in the best-of-seven playoff series.

Sharks explode as young Oilers left watching in ugly loss - Sportsnet.ca
On the night that Jerry Rice was brought in to let the Sharks loose, San Jose beat the Edmonton Oilers by a converted touchdown.

Nash, Lundqvist lead Rangers to Game 4 win over Canadiens - Sportsnet.ca
Rick Nash's tie-breaking goal early in the second period lifted the New York Rangers to a 2-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference quarter-finals Tuesday night.

Because it's the Cup

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