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Wild Warmup: Minnesota at St. Louis

Wild hits the road for beginning of two-game road trip, second game of back-to-back

by Dan Myers @1DanMyers /
The essentials

Who: Minnesota Wild (11-8-3) at St. Louis Blues (16-6-1)

Puck drop: 7:08 p.m. CT

Watch: FOX Sports North, FOX Sports GO

Listen: KFAN 100.3 FM, Wild Radio NetworkWild NHL App

Follow: @mnwild; GameCenter

The opponent

The St. Louis Blues saw their three-game winning streak end on Friday night when they dropped a 2-0 game to the Nashville Predators at Scottrade Center. It was the Blues' third loss this season on home ice, where they have won eight of 11.

St. Louis' 33 points are the most in the Western Conference (two more than Winnipeg) and the second-highest total in the NHL behind Tampa Bay's 34. The Blues have not lost more than two games in a row this season and have a pair of four-game winning streaks to boot.

One of the most explosive lines in the NHL resides in St. Louis, where Jaden Schwartz and Brayden Schenn each have 30 points. The right wing on that line, Vladimir Tarasenko, leads the club with 12 goals and has 26 points. The three rank 1-2-3 in the NHL in plus/minus; Schenn and Schwartz are an NHL-best plus 19, while Tarasenko is just behind at plus-18.

Goaltender Jake Allen has 12 wins in 18 starts, posting a 12-5-1 record with a 2.74 goals-against average and .909 save percentage. 


• Wild forward Chris Stewart skated in 211 games with the Blues in parts of four seasons, recording 115 points (63-52=115) and 276 penalty minutes (2010-14).

• Blues head coach Mike Yeo served as the Wild's bench boss for parts of five seasons (2011-16), posting a 173-132-44 record and leading Minnesota to the Stanley Cup Playoffs three consecutive seasons (2013-15).

• Blues assistant coach Darryl Sydor served as a Wild assistant for five seasons (2011-16).

• Blues forward Kyle Brodziak played six seasons with Minnesota (2009-15), totaling 169 points (72-97=169) in 446 games.

• Blues defenseman Nate Prosser hails from Elk River and collected 38 points (7-31=38) and 210 penalty minutes in 282 contests in eight seasons (2009-17) with the Wild.

Blue in the Lou

The Wild has earned points in 11 of its last 17 contests against the Blues (7-6-4) but is just 4-6-4 in its past 14 games in St. Louis; six of those games have gone to overtime. The Wild has posted points in seven of its past nine games against the Blues in St. Paul (5-2-2).

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