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Wild at Blues game four preview

It’s close out time for the Blues - will they complete the sweep?

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

Bobby Plager had some good advice for the Blues: close it out tonight. While you have the opportunity, end the series - don’t let it stretch any longer than you have to.

“The players used to say, ‘Hey, fellas, there’s no extra money to play the fifth game, so go out there and win it in four.”

The Blues stretched their first two playoff series to unnecessary game sevens last year, and were winded by the time that the reached the San Jose Sharks in the Western Conference Finals. A win tonight against the Wild and they get a week off to rest and regroup before round two.

The Blues are rolling with what works tonight - same lines, same parings, same goaltending, hopefully same outcome. The Blues have improved their play game by game, while the Wild? They’re going to tweak some lines, according to Jeremy Rutherford.

The Wild have flipped wingers Mikael Granlund and Zach Parise, along with Nino Niederreiter and Jason Zucker. So tonight, center Mikko Koivu will have two new wingers in Parise and Niederreiter.

At least those are the lines the Wild used in Tuesday's practice in Minnesota. But when asked about having a different look tonight, head coach Bruce Boudreau insisted that wasn't the case.

"We only worked on the power play (Tuesday), so I didn't change anything," he said.

Will this help the Wild? Only if they somehow solve Jake Allen.

This could be the sixth time that the Blues sweep their opponents out of the playoffs. Devan Dubnyk has been moderately solvable, allowing just two goals in each game. Busting the floodgates wide open would be a way to close this series out with an exclamation point, but it isn’t something that should be expected. A win? Well, they’ve won four games at home against the Wild.

Fill in the blanks. Hopefully you can bust out the brooms, too.