2017 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs First Round Prospectus: St. Louis Blues vs. Minnesota Wild
This is the least interesting series out of the four. Outside of their respective fanbases, neither team is particularly fun to watch. At least the Wild were until March, when everything fell apart for them; winning only three games in regulation. Devan Dubnyk appeared to be both overworked and rattled. Will his slide be beyond retrieval? The Blues will certainly put it to the test early and often.
Minnesota lacks that certain “it” that you get from certain teams. Oh, they have talent for sure. Plenty of forward depth, including stalwart Mikko Koivu, Nino Niederreiter, Charlie Coyle and Mikael Granlund, and everyone knows about Ryan Suter and Jared Spurgeon on the back end. Matt Dumba and Marco Scandella are pivotal on the back end. However again, the team just feels as though it is missing something.
The Blues have it all, ranging from one of the best snipers in the game in Vladimir Tarasenko, to Alex Pietrangelo on the back end. The Blues pretty much play a grind and mash game with some occasional slick skill.
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Will the moment be too big for Jake Allen serving as the main guy in net for St. Louis? Maybe later. Not this series.
Call: St. Louis in 5.