The series is now in Game 5, and the St. Louis Blues are ready to give it everything they can to take the lead over the Minnesota Wild. St. Louis will now prepare to visit the Wild and make the most of their most recent win to stretch their luck. With a recent 5-2 win over Minnesota, the Blues might just have proven that they have everything it takes to make it further into the playoff series.
The Blues will now head to Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul and face the Wild to aim for their third win of the series. Technically, however, The Wild finished as the second overall seed of the Central Division, just four points away from St. Louis. But with the series tied, every home game counts, and that is what Minnesota will attempt to show tonight.
The Blues have put various statements to the test. The first one claims that the team did not have the most efficient offensive line. However, with an opening 4-0 win over the Wild and their last 5-2 victory, the Blues have proven to be resourceful on offense.
What has become evident, though, is the Blues’ defensive resilience. Still unable to find consistency throughout their lines, St. Louis has everything it needs to take the lead over the Wild tonight.
The team will again rely on top talent like Vladimir Tarasenko and Robert Thomas. Tarasenko has now totaled 34 goals and 48 assists for 82 points. Thomas has been able to also lead the team with a total of 57 assists.
The Wild are still ranked higher than the Blues. They have been since the start of the playoff series. However, with inconsistency also finding its way to balance the team’s offense and defense, Minnesota must still strive for better performances.
As time runs out, Kirill Kaprizov continues to be the trusted player for the Wild. Kaprizov has now topped the Wild with 47 goals and 61 assists, bringing his total to 108 points.
The Wild also proved they have the offensive power which characterized them in the series. With 5-1 and 6-2 wins over St. Louis, the Wild must find consistency. If that is what both teams are after, then there is just one chance to reach that stage first.
With the series tied, any lead in Game 5 might become the determining factor for either Minnesota or St. Louis. The total has gone over for the Blues in six of their last eight games. As for the Wild, the total has gone under in four of their previous six games.
St. Louis will also test their 23-12-6 road record. As for the Wild, a 31-8-2 home record might stand higher. However, as the number two seed of the Central Division behind Colorado, Minnesota also has one of the strongest teams in the league. The Wild might be able to prove this tonight by setting themselves up for a victory leading to Game 6 and on the verge of killing the series before Game 7.
Godds Pick/Prediction: The Wild win and the under hits.