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Gameday preview: St. Louis at Wild

  • March 8, 2014 - 6:26 PM

 

7 p.m. VS. ST. LOUIS • Xcel • FSN, 100.3-FM.

Preview: This is the second of a back-to-back for both teams; the Blues beat Colorado on Saturday afternoon 2-1 for their fourth consecutive victory, while the Wild played in Dallas on Saturday night. The Blues have won 15 in a row against the Central Division and are 17-0-1 within the division. The Blues are 2-0 against the Wild this season and have won the past seven meetings, outscoring Minnesota 22-8 during the win streak.

Players to watch: G Ilya Bryzgalov might start his first game with the Wild. With Edmonton, he was 5-8-5 this season with a 3.01 goals-against average and .908 save percentage. He is 6-11-1 all-time vs. St. Louis with a 3.22 GAA and .895 save percentage. C Mikko Koivu has 22 points in 30 career games vs. St. Louis. Blues G Brian Elliott might start. He is 15-5-2 this season with a 2.08 GAA and 5-0 all-time vs. the Wild with a 1.83 GAA. D Alex Pietrangelo has points in 22 of his past 33 games. C David Backes has 15 points in 28 games against the Wild and has scored 21 goals this season. LW Alex Steen leads with 29 goals.

Numbers: The Wild is 3-3-1 in the second of back-to-backs; the Blues are 2-4-1 in the second of back-to-backs. … The Blues have killed 14 consecutive Wild power plays in the past four meetings.

Injuries: Wild F Jason Zucker (leg) is out. Blues D Jordon Leopold (ankle) and F Vladimir Sobotka (knee) are out.

 

MICHAEL RUSSO

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