Louis Blues vs. Minnesota Wild - 4/19/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

St. Louis outshot Minnesota 15-9 in the first period, but couldn't build on its early lead. Like I said, Happy Easter.

Puck drop is scheduled for 2 p.m., and the game will be broadcast on NBC. But I won't do that to my many many MANY loyal readers. In the third game of this best of seven series, the result was the same.

"We go over the tape every day to nauseam on that", Boudreau said.

Within the past 96 hours, Jake Allen has been extended this narrative to a new high.

"They've been one of the best offensive teams in the league all year", Allen said. So, the Blues will need to keep improving their overall game around Allen's hot hand in hopes for a deep playoff run.

Four teams have rallied to win their series of the 184 who have fallen behind 3-0. Right now, it's not looking good.

The series resumes Sunday in St. Louis. There's no question, this is now a massive mountain to climb. Blues fans also likely remember that going up 2-0 doesn't ensure a series win.

The Predators became the fifth National Hockey League team to begin a postseason with consecutive road shutouts, joining Detroit (1936), Buffalo (1983), New Jersey (1995) and Toronto (2001).

Artturi Lehkonen and Shea Weber scored power-play goals for Montreal and Carey Price stopped 20 shots.

Power Surge at the "X" - The Wild went 0-3 on the power play in Game 1. They've controlled five of the six periods that have been played in regulation, piling up shots and racking up chances against Allen.

"Once I cut in I wanted to get it over his shoulder there far side, and I was just lucky there was enough room to get it done", Zolnierczyk said.

Game 3 is today in Calgary. If I had to pick one guy that I though could kill the Wild coming into the series, it certainly wouldn't have been Edmundson, so there's that.

Heck, the Wild were supposedly figuring things out after a rough March, and entered the postseason with points in seven of their final eight games.

Where have all the scorers gone? His play right now is a continuation of what he did over the second half of the season as his play started to turn around at the start of February. It's a little disheartening what happened in the first two games. On that play, there's no way Spurgeon meant to put the puck where he did, but why not fire a low shot into Allen's right pad and look for a rebound into the middle of the ice? That's got to be our focus right now. "I don't think they would change the way they were playing if it was the first period, but if we had a one-goal lead in the third period, it might make a little bit of difference". Devan Dubnyk isn't the problem. Steen extended the lead with a late empty-net goal, and the Blues closed out their third win in a row in front of a thunderous Scottrade Center crowd. That sends a bit of a message to Yeo's team: If the coach doesn't like what he sees he is not afraid to swap you out, even if the team wins.

This one comes straight from the numbers. The players simply aren't finishing.

Canadiens 3, Rangers 1: Alexander Radulov had a goal and an assist to lead Montreal to a victory over the New York Rangers at New York, giving the Canadiens a 2-1 lead in the first-round playoff series.

The Wild has to be feeling the pressure now. "We know the last two are going to be the hardest, and it starts in Game 3". Moreover they must find a way to finish lest Allen earworm their collective psyche and become the bogeyman under the bed.

This year will be different. He returned with the rest of the team to open the third, though, and played the remainder of the game. "That's two games in a row they've done that to us, so it's a pretty good template for them".

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