St. Louis Blues vs Minnesota Wild 2022 First Round NHL Playoffs Series Preview

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St. Louis Blues vs Minnesota Wild 2022 First Round NHL Playoffs Series Preview

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St. Louis Blues vs Minnesota Wild 2022 First Round NHL Playoffs Series Preview

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The Rundown:

A classic Central Division matchup that is still fresh in some fans minds. The 2019 Stanley Cup Champion Blues take on the young, up and coming Minnesota Wild. A rivalry we’ve seen plenty of times in the first round of years past so this series should go down to the wire.

A veteran squad versus a core that’s made some huge noise this season. These teams were only separated by four standings points for the second seed for home ice advantage, but with fans back in the arenas it means alot now more than ever

Both teams finished in the top five in the league for five vs five goals for and finishing during the regular season.Two of the highest goal scoring teams in the league are prepared for a slug fest. 

The Matchup

During the regular season, the Blues bested the Wild going 3-1-0. The Wild however have lost two of the three times in overtime, with three of the four matchups ending in a result of a one goal difference. 

Between these two teams during the regular season both teams combined for 8.75 goals when pitted against each other. This series is going to be all about who outscored their opponent. And whoever scores the last goal wins.

Players To Watch

Kirill “The Thrill” Kaprizov is going to be the Number One guy to watch. The current leader for points in a season for the Wild, Kaprizov led the team in scoring with 47 Goals and 61 assists for 108 points.

An elite skater with amazing puck protection skills, Kirill the Thrill wows you with his offensive savvy and skills with the puck. There is a reason he owns the record for most goals, assists and points for a Minnesota Wild player in a season.

For the Blues, the goaltending revelation of Ville Husso has been huge. Jordan Binnington hadn’t lived up to his championship caliber self. Husso stepped up to the plate in his first full season with the Blues and averaged a .919 save percentage and a 2.56 goals against average. He ended the season as a top ten goaltender in save percentage and top 15 in goals against average.

My Prediction: Wild over the Blues in seven games

The Wild gave the Vegas Golden Knights a beating through seven games in last year’s postseason. This, along with the strides taken by the Wild’s core, gives me reason to believe they will beat St. Louis for the first time in a long time.

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