In a similar refraim from last game, the Wild really can't afford to go pointless in multiple games in a row. They've done so the last two games, adding a third would be problematic.
Scoring is still an issue. Word comes that Yeo scrambled the lines in practice, although some of that appears to be of necessity due to Cullen getting a day off. Frankly, I'd like Cullen to get the rest of the season off. But I'm glad to see Yeo is willing to accept problems and move to fix them.
It's hard to say the defense played well after you give up five goals, but the game, on balance, was closer than the score indicated.
Harding struggled against Detroit, not all his fault, but I'd think we'll see Bax tonight regardless.
The Blues are put together the way I'd like my team to be put together. Young, skilled, big, tough...they have it all. Springing Redden from durance vile is the kind of move teams gearing up for a Cup run make.
I like everything about this Blues team, with one exception, *see below.
GF/GM MIN 2.25 STL 3.60
GA/GM MIN 2.50 STL 1.80
PP % MIN 14.3% STL 43.8% (#1 in NHL)
PK % MIN 80.0% STL 81.0%
*The one thing working against the Blues tonight is schedule. The sixth of six in nine days...that's rough. Even though they're at home, maybe the Wild can catch a tired opponent. That being said:
Final score: St. Louis wins 4-3
Wild goal scorer: Clutterbuck