3rd in Central Division, St. Louis Blues (46-29-7) begins its quest for the Stanley Cup on Wednesday against 2nd in Central Division, Minnesota Wild (49-25-8) in the NHL Western Conference Quarterfinals, round-1, game-1. The game tips-off at 10:00 PM EST in Xcel Energy Center, Saint Paul.
Date and Time: April 12th, 2017 10:00 PM EST
Venue: Xcel Energy Center, Saint Paul
TV: NBCSN (US)
Before entering the postseason St. Louis Blues has won four of their last games and are 22-8-2 since Feb. 1, when head coach Mike Yeo filled the shoes for Ken Hitchcock.
Paul Stastny who missed 10 games due to a broken foot is still unsure of play.
Defenseman Colton Parayko, who completed his second NHL season and had two goals and five assists in 20 games last postseason will once again be called out in the playoffs.
This will be the fifth straight year in the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the Wild but the first time under coach Bruce Boudreau, who took the position last May after five seasons with the Anaheim Ducks.
Forward Mikael Granlund who set NHL career highs in goals (26), assists (43) and points (69) this season will be the trump card for the Wild.