The St. Louis Blues were all over the Minnesota Wild during Game 1 of their playoff series. The visiting Blues stormed out to a fast two-goa lead in the first period and never looked back, piecing together a 4-0 shutout performance.
It couldn’t have been done without the excellence of David Perron, who posted a hat trick. Meanwhile, the Wild have some soul-searching to do to avoid a repeat in Wednesday’s Game 2.
St. Louis wound up rolling with Ville Husso in the net for Game 1 and that was a decision it didn’t regret. Husso was dominant straight from the start.
He saved 37 shots and posted a shutout of Minnesota. It should go without saying but if Husso can continue to play like he just did, the Blues are going to be a very scary team in the postseason.
Look for Husso to get the start again in Game 2 and once again be a difference maker.
Wild Must Improve on Power Play
One stat that stands out for the Wild in Game 1 of this series was their inability to stop the power play. Two goals were scored on them during a man-advantage, something that is completely unacceptable for a team that has lofty postseason aspirations.
The Wild fired off plenty of shots but they weren’t able to break through. This is a team that averaged 3.72 goals per game this season – the fifth-most in the NHL – so they have to do better.
Minnesota was outworked in the first period but wasn’t able to get the crowd back into it the rest of the way. If the Wild to bounce back, they have to come in with a little more aggression and patch up their lackluster power play defense.
Blues vs Wild Head-to-Head
The Blues were winners of all three regular-season matchups against the Wild and continued their dominance in Game 1.
Derrick Erickson has been entrenched in sports media over the last decade. From working in fantasy sports to the sports betting side of things, he's been plugged in for quite some time. His favorite teams include the Texas Longhorns, Dallas Cowboys, and Dallas Mavericks.