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Licensed To Ill: Blues At Wild Game 3 Preview

The Blues take the fight to Minnesota. No Sleep til Brooklyn ... Park?

The stage is set, Osh
The stage is set, Osh
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There's been a lot of debate over Game 1, whether the game was more Lost By The Blues, or more Won By The Wild. Good arguments could be made either way, and it's not necessarily exclusively one or the other. Give credit to the Wild(s), who had one advantage in speed, and made use of it to good effect. The Blues came on strong at the end of the game, but it was too late to have impact.

When Game 2 rolled around, the Blues had a lot to prove to the fans. It looks like that was accomplished, at least to a small degree. They certainly demonstrated a commitment to their strength - physicality. With more physical play and checking, more opportunities presented themselves to Blues forwards. They seized upon those (especially that Vladimir Tarasenko kid) and that resulted in goals. You have to fight for your right to every inch of space on the ice.

So ... what does that leave for Game 3? Which Blues team will be showing up here? Can the Blues maintain the momentum from Game 2? Will the Wild re-establish their game with the home-ice advantage?

It all remains to be seen. Here's what makes me confident (still):

A) Alex Pietrangelo is having a good little series. You want your key players to elevate their game in the playoffs, and Alex seems to be doing just that. Keep it up, Petro

B) Patrik Berglund is heating up. Scoring an important goal in Game 2, he is now riding a 3-game point streak. In his last ten games, he has 5 goals and 4 assists. Secondary scoring is crucial in the postseason. Good timing, TechnoViking.

C) Jake Allen is just fine. Concerns about playing him over Brian Elliott have been allayed, at least for now.

D) Vladimir Tarasenko is becoming who he needs to be. He's going to draw a lot of attention going forward, and that can only help his linemates. His is the new style of Blues offense.

E) ditto Kevin Shattenkirk - his presence is being felt on the ice and on the scoresheet. Keep on trucking, Shatty.

Further Reading:

Hockey Wilderness

Russo's Rants (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

GameDay Twitter Feed - Bloggers and Media for this playoff run:

Final Verse: The puck drops at 7:00 PM St Louis time, and the GDT should drop shortly beforehand. Come join us, boys and girls. Bring beer. The TV broadcast is on Fox Sports MW and also on CNBC. The radio call will be on KMOX 1120 AM. Take your pick, and follow along.

I hope no bad people show up...