Wild Vs. Blues: Important Numbers For Game 3

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Apr 18, 2015; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Blues center Steve Ott (9) pressures Minnesota Wild defenseman Matt Dumba (55) during the second period in game two of the first round of the the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Scottrade Center. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports


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There is a very good chance that the team which wins Game Three will win the series. Per NHL.com, when Stanley Cup Playoff series are tied 1-1, the Game Three winner takes the series 67.3% of the time all-time. While far from a sure thing, that is pretty indicative of final success.

In a way, this is new territory for the Wild. In each of the first three series of the Mike Yeo era, the Wild have started on the road and fell in a two games to none hole. In 2013 against the Blackhawks, the Wild fell in five games to Chicago. Last season, the Wild fell behind the Avalanche 2-0 before winning a classic seven game series. In the Conference Semifinals last season, they again went down 2-0 to the Blackhawks before falling in six games.

So, the Wild are in a better position than they have become accustomed to. That being said, the Blues are a very good team who are desperate for a series victory. It should be a dog fight.

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