St. Lewis – With another game aboard next week and a potential first-round playoff series on the horizon, Wild and Blues write the next chapter in their rivalry that has all the ingredients to be an unforgettable match.
“We’ll get the best of them,” ward Jordan Greenway He said.
These clubs not only have a long history as central division competitors, but they have already faced each other in the playoffs.
Having bounced back from the first round in 2015 and moving on after six games, the Blues turned the tables in 2017 during a five-game blitz in the first round.
These scores mimic how other back-and-forth encounters have been. While St. Louis have dominated in recent years, winning 10 of their upcoming 13 games this season, Wild won 6-2 during 2017-18 and 2018-19.
There are also a lot of similarities in their styles, with both having front-end talent, speed and muscle.
“Every time you come here to play in their building, it’s tough,” Greenway said. “They play a very difficult game. Usually D players play well physically, and they have a lot of skilled attackers.” “
What’s different, though, is that the Blues have had the playoff round that the wilds are still chasing. They only have three years to claim the Stanley Cup with many players from that championship squad on the roster.
This year, neither team may be able to pursue a title unless they eliminate the other.
Since they are both in a tight race in the division, they will likely meet when the post-season starts as the second and third seed in the middle. The order is determined.
“They have a good team,” the St. Louis winger Brandon Saad He said. “They have made some additions. They have obviously had success recently and so are we. So, it is a good challenge for us. Everyone wants to fight for the playoffs and ice at home in the playoffs, so these are important matches for us.”
Fitness Trainer Dean Evason He said that the wilderness does not deliberately revolve between goalkeepers Cam Talbot And Marc-Andre Fleurybut that’s been the case since Florey arrived last month on a deal from Blackhawks — a trend that continued against the Blues with Talbot that wrapped up the wild ride on Friday after Florey played Tuesday in Nashville.
“It was amazing,” Talbot said. “They gave us a lot of notice in between starts so they kind of put us on the next couple of games which is always great. You can kind of plan out the off-ice training and all that kind of stuff and make sure you’re ready to go.
“The rotation has been good, and it keeps us at a high level here. There is no reason to stop what is working now.”
rising wing Matt Boldi and defenseman John Merrill Chances are you will play on Sunday when the Wild Kings host the Xcel Energy Center.
Both players missed their fourth game in a row on Friday due to upper body injuries.
defenseman Matt Domba He also remains sidelined with an upper body injury that knocked him out of Tuesday’s match against the Predators, but Evason said he wasn’t sure of the timeline for Domba’s return.
“His condition was more positive than negative,” Evason said.