The Wild has won playoff series in the past while playing musical goalies, but it has to be a comfort to fans and coach Mike Yeo to have Devan Dubnyk while St. Louis picks between a pair of lesser goalies.
The Blues lost their first-round series last year after being up two victories to none. The Wild won its first-round series after being down 2-0. Still, getting game one would be huge for Minnesota. Wild at St. Louis, 8:30 p.m., FSN.
"David Backes is exactly the type of player that makes [the Blues] the favorite in this series. They are a more balanced and consistent team and they showed it all year."
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Gophers football beat writer Joe Christensen sees a battle brewing for the No. 1 running back spot. Rodrick Williams solidified his hold this spring, but Rodney Smith could emerge by midseason, Christensen writes. Read more on his Gridiron Gold blog at startribune.com.