The Wild are off to a 7-3-2 start to the season, and the Blues would like to string three wins together. The Blues may have the advantage tonight, as odd as that sounds. Sure, Devan Dubnyk has a 2.19 GAA and a .937 save percentage, and sure the Wild only allow 2.83 goals a game (and the Blues allow an impressive and not in a good way 3.82 goal a game), but boy howdy, do the Blues score. They’re a surprising third in the league with 3.73 goals a game. The Blues have scored fewer than three goals only twice this season and 23 goals in their last five games.
That’s pretty damn good.
Which goes to show that maybe the Blues’ issues this year aren’t the offense’s problem, and they’re not the powerplay’s. They’ve allowed fewer than three goal just once this semester. The Blues are still 3-1-1 in their last five games, which is an improvement. As Mike Yeo said:
“Not bad. I feel like we’re getting closer. We’re not there yet. We’re in the process of building and every game is a lesson. There are lessons in your wins and lessons in your losses and we have to make sure we keep learning from that.”
The Wild, however, have won six of their last seven.
Tonight’s game won’t be an easy win, but if the offense keeps up the Blues can stand a chance. They’re going to have to get a focused and solid defense at some point this season if they want to climb in the Central.