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Can the Blues send the Minnesota Wild packing, or will we see at least one more game at the X?

Minnesota Wild v St Louis Blues - Game Three Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images

Bruce Boudreau said that the Wild need to treat tonight’s game four as a game seven to be successful.

This is probably not the best thing for Boudreau to say, considering his track record in game sevens. The Wild are in a do-or-die situation tonight, and the Blues have a solid chance at sending them packing. Of course, this is the playoffs, when teams manage to dig deep and fight and kick and claw to stay in the game, so tonight isn’t going to be easy - ask any Penguins fan about last night’s 5-4 loss to the Blue Jackets.

That game was goaltending optional, and this series is all about the goaltending. It’s going to boil down to if the Wild suddenly can figure out Jake Allen and the Blues defense, who are limiting quality shot chances. If the defense keeps it up, and if Allen has another MVP level game tonight, the Blues move on to probably square off against the Nashville Predators. If Allen falters, then it’s anybody’s game.

The Blues haven’t swept a team since the 2001 Dallas Stars got sent home and Eddie Belfour cried. Again.

This is your morning open thread. Check back later on for your perfunctory game day goodies, and of course for your super late GDT. Puck drop is scheduled for 8:30 (which we all know means 8:45), so make some coffee.