The Minnesota Wild host the St. Louis Blues in game one of their NHL playoff series at the Xcel Energy Center on Wednesday, April 12.
In recent years the Minnesota Wild and St. Louis Blues have had disappointing ends to their seasons in the playoffs. The central division rivals face off in Minnesota in game one of their series on Wednesday.
The Wild finished with the second-best record in the Western Conference in their first season under head coach Bruch Boudreau. Center Eric Staal had his best season since the 2012-13 season. The 33-year old could play a key role in what could be Minnesota’s last chance at the Cup.
Halfway through the NHL season, it appeared St. Louis’ window to win the Stanley Cup was over. A year after reaching the conference finals, the Blues were off to an awful and fired head coach Ken Hitchcock and traded away defenseman Keven Shattenkirk at the deadline. St. Louis replaced Hitchcock with former Wild coach Mike Yeo. Minnesota fired Yeo after four and a half seasons and three straight playoff losses to the Chicago Blackhawks. If there is anyone who wants
St. Louis replaced Hitchcock with former Wild coach Mike Yeo. Minnesota fired Yeo after four and a half seasons and three straight playoff losses to the Chicago Blackhawks. If there is anyone who wants revenge on his former team it is Yeo.
The NHL playoff game between the Minnesota Wild and St. Louis Blues will be broadcast on the NBCSN and Sportsnet 360 in Canada. Live streaming is available on NHL Network, and Sportsnet which you can access with your cable or satellite, either online or through their app.
The two teams last meet on March 7, when the St. Louis beat Minnesota 2-1. At home this season the Wild are 27-12-2, while the Blues are 22-17-2 on the road.