Wild Vs. Blues: Important Numbers For Game 3

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Apr 6, 2015; Saint Paul, MN, USA; Minnesota Wild fans support Minnesota Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk (not pictured) during the second period against the Winnipeg Jets at Xcel Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Marilyn Indahl-USA TODAY Sports


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The Xcel Energy Center is traditionally one of the toughest places for opposing teams to play during the postseason. Last year, the Wild went 5-1 in their six home playoff games. The Wild have not been able to earn home ice advantage the past couple of years in the playoffs. That means two things:

  • In order to win a series, they must steal at least one road game.
  • It makes winning every home game imperative. The margin for error is razor-thin.

The Wild certainly could win the series if they lose a game in St. Paul but winning twice in St. Louis is asking a lot. Meanwhile, if the Wild hold serve at home in Games Three and Four, they will have a major advantage. Winning games on home ice is hugely important. I will be watching from Duluth, but anyone who is going to the game tonight better be ready to scream for 60 minutes of hockey.

This is shaping up to be a great series. I will feel much better about it if the Wild pull one out tonight.

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