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Wild Warmup: Minnesota at St. Louis

Wild looks to rebound after third period collapse in Dallas

by Tyler Savitsky / Wild.com
The essentials

Who: Minnesota Wild (4-8-0) at St. Louis Blues (6-3-3)

Puck drop: 7:08 p.m. CT

Watch: NBCSN

Listen: KFAN FM 100.3, Wild Radio NetworkWild NHL App

Follow: @mnwild; @mnwildscribe; GameCenter


The Wild Warmup is presented by Bryant Heating and Cooling
 

The Wild and Blues will play the front half of a home-and-home set this week, first playing in St. Louis on Wednesday at Enterprise Center. The two teams will reconvene in downtown St. Paul on Saturday.

Minnesota is coming off of a 6-3 loss to the Dallas Stars on Tuesday night after giving up five third-period goals.

Eric Staal continues to get on to the scoresheet. The forward had a goal and an assist, giving him seven points in his last four games. He set up Jason Zucker 2:50 into the game after fighting for the puck behind the net. Later in the period, Staal finished a pass from Mats Zuccarello to double the lead.

Alex Stalock started in goal for the Wild on Tuesday, but it is expected that Devan Dubnyk will return against the Blues. Dubnyk has missed the last three games after suffering an upper-body injury.

The loss dropped the Wild's road record to 1-7-0, and it will now try to rebound against the defending Stanley Cup champions.

The Blues are coming into the game after a two-game road trip where it picked up two points, defeating the Red Wings 5-4 in overtime on Sunday. It held a 3-1 lead in the third period before giving up three unanswered goals, but Ryan O'Reilly tied the game up with just over four minutes remaining and David Perron scored the game-winner 1:28 into overtime.

It was the first overtime win of the season for the Blues, after three overtime losses.

Both teams have struggled to hold on to leads all season. The Blues are ranked tied for 22nd in win percentage when leading after two periods, winning 60 percent of its games (3-0-2). The Wild are ranked tied for last, winning 50 percent of its games heading into the last 20 minutes (2-2-0).

One place that the Wild may have an advantage is during the first period. The Wild are one of the best defensive teams in the league in the opening frame, allowing a league-low six goals in 12 games.

The Blues will be without forward Vladamir Tarasenko for the game, and for the majority of the season, after he injured his shoulder on Thursday against the Los Angeles Kings. Center Brayden Schenn leads the team in goals (9) and points (13), with Perron and O'Reilly tallying 12 points on the season.

Goaltender Jordan Binnington has a 5-2-3 record in net, giving up 2.67 goals per game, with a .912 save percentage in 10 starts.


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