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St. Louis tries for fourth win in five games; Dubnyk expected in goal for Minnesota

by Louie Korac / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

WILD (4-8-0) at BLUES (6-3-3)

8 p.m. ET; NBCSN

 

The Game

The St. Louis Blues go for their fourth win in five games when they play the Minnesota Wild at Enterprise Center on Wednesday.

The Blues, 3-1-2 at home this season, have lost three in a row to the Wild on home ice after four straight wins.

St. Louis will play its third game without forward Vladimir Tarasenko (shoulder), who had surgery Tuesday and will be re-evaluated in five months.

The Wild are coming off a 6-3 loss at the Dallas Stars on Tuesday, when they surrendered a 3-0 lead and allowed five goals in the third period.

Goalie Devan Dubnyk is expected to start after missing three games with an upper-body injury.

 

Players to watch

Wild center Eric Staal has seven points (four goals, three assists) in his past five games.

Blues center Brayden Schenn has five points (four goals, one assist) in his past four games. He will play in his 600th NHL game.

 

They said it

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

"We've got to focus on what we need to do tonight, play our game and don't beat ourselves." -- Blues coach Craig Berube

 

Wild projected lineup

Jason Zucker -- Eric Staal -- Mats Zuccarello

Zach Parise -- Joel Eriksson Ek -- Luke Kunin

Marcus Foligno -- Mikko Koivu -- Ryan Hartman

Jordan Greenway -- Victor Rask -- Ryan Donato  

Ryan Suter -- Jared Spurgeon

Jonas Brodin -- Matt Dumba

Carson Soucy -- Brad Hunt

Devan Dubnyk 

Alex Stalock

Scratched: Nick Seeler

Injured: Kevin Fiala (lower body), Greg Pateryn (core)

 

Blues projected lineup

Jaden Schwartz -- Brayden Schenn -- Sammy Blais

Zach Sanford -- Ryan O'Reilly -- David Perron

Alexander Steen -- Tyler Bozak -- Robert Thomas

Mackenzie MacEachern -- Ivan Barbashev -- Oskar Sundqvist

Colton Parayko -- Alex Pietrangelo

Jay Bouwmeester -- Justin Faulk

Carl Gunnarsson -- Vince Dunn

Jordan Binnington

Jake Allen

Scratched: Robert Bortuzzo, Robby Fabbri

Injured: Vladimir Tarasenko (shoulder)

 

Status report

The Wild did not hold a morning skate. ... Blais is expected to return after missing one game with a thumb injury. ... Steen is a game-time decision; he left a 5-4 overtime win against the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday in the third period with a lower-body injury and did not practice Tuesday. ... Gunnarsson will replace Bortuzzo.

 

Stat pack

Zucker has three points (one goal, two assists) in his past two games. ... Perron has seven points (three goals, four assists) in his past five games and needs two assists for 300 in the NHL. ... O'Reilly has five points (two goals, three assists) in his past three games, including his second four-point game of the season Sunday. ... Schwartz has eight points (one goal, seven assists) in his past eight games. ... Schenn has scored nine goals in 12 games. He didn't reach nine goals last season until his 36th game.

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