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Preview: Blues vs. Wild

by Chris Pinkert / Notes by Brett Barczewski

BLUES VS. WILD

When: Wednesday, Oct. 30 at 7 p.m.
Where: Enterprise Center
Watch: NBC Sports Network, NBC Sports App
Listen: 101 ESPN, NHL App
Tickets: Enterprise Center Box Office or online at ticketmaster.com

 

TEAM SNAPSHOTS

BLUES (6-3-3) A two-goal lead quickly evaporated and turned into a one-goal deficit on Sunday afternoon in Detroit, but Ryan O'Reilly tied the game at 4-4 late with his fourth point of the night before David Perron would score in overtime, also netting his fourth point of the night and giving the Blues a 5-4 win against the Red Wings.

The victory capped off a 1-1-0 road trip for the Blues, who will begin to adjust to doing without Vladimir Tarasenko, who will miss five months after undergoing shoulder surgery on Tuesday.

The Blues could also be without Alexander Steen, who left Sunday's game against the Red Wings with a lower-body injury. Steen did not practce with the team on Tuesday at Centene Community Ice Center.

Wednesday's matchup with Minnesota begins a stretch of three games in four nights for the Blues, who sit third in the Central Division.

WILD (4-8-0) The Minnesota Wild had a 3-0 lead on Tuesday night in Dallas but surrendered six unanswered goals and fell 6-3 to the Stars at American Airlines Center.

"Momentum is real. We had all of it, and then it shifted," Wild forward Eric Staal said after the game. "I don't know what the answer is to why, but we've got to figure it out. It obviously helped them the other way."

"If we make the right plays, we were going to be successful," Wild Head Coach Bruce Boudreau told NHL.com. "They just had the adrenaline and the crowd and everything else. It was like a runaway train."

The Wild, who have won three of their last five games, and are 1-7-0 on the road this season and sit in last place in the Central Division with eight points.

HEAD-TO-HEAD The Blues and Wild meet for the first of four matchups this season. The clubs will meet again on Saturday at Xcel Energy Center as the Blues begin a four-game road trip.

The Blues were 1-2-1 against the Wild last season. In their last 10 games against Minnesota at Enterprise Center, the Blues are 6-4-0.

Video: Kerber, Vitale preview matchup vs. Wild


HOT VS. WILD

- Alex Pietrangelo has a three-game point streak (two goals, two assists)

- David Perron has five points in his last five games (one goal, four assists)

- Brayden Schenn has three points in his last three games (one goal, two assists)

- Jordan Binnington stopped all 31 shots he faced in his only career start against Minnesota on Feb. 17, 2019.


BLUE NOTES

Ryan O'Reilly and David Perron each had four points in the same game, which is the second time in the last three seasons the Blues have accomplished that mark. On March 18, 2019, Alex Pietrangelo and Vince Dunn each had four points in the same game against the Chicago Blackhawks… Brayden Schenn has nine goals in October, which is the seventh-most in Blues history. Brett Hull owns the Blues' franchise record with 15 goals in October during the 1990-91 season.

Video: Blues, Wild meet for first time this season

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