Projected Lineup: Game 2 at Wild

  • Projected Lineup: Game 2 at Wild

Projected Lineup: Game 2 at Wild

We knew were going to get a chance. "I think we did a good job throughout the game clearing the rebounds and all that protecting the front of the net, so we're going to need more of that". "They recognize that we protect the middle of the ice pretty well, and they're trying to create from the outside".

Game 1 of the Western Conference quarterfinal series between Minnesota and St. Louis had everything the 19,000-plus fans at Xcel Energy Center could hope for in a playoff game.

Game one lived up to the buildup that this will be a hard fought series and every inch of the ice is fought for and desperation plays a big role every shift.

It was quite the third-period atonement for Parise, who inadvertently swept away a puck that was sliding like a curling stone toward the Blues goal line during one of a half-dozen pileups around Allen. "We don't discuss our lineup until the next day", Yeo deadpanned after Thursday's practice when asked who would be between the pipes on Friday night while denying that fatigue would affect Allen.

The Wild entered their fifth straight Stanley Cup playoffs coming off their best regular season ever, setting new franchise records for wins and total points. "If we attack the net and get there into those dirty areas, we're going to get a couple bounces and get some more goals for sure".

"Phenomenal performance", Yeo said. "Our line had a lot of defensive zone things to take care of, but if we can provide more offense, and have maybe more poise thoughout the neutral zone to get in there and get more zone time".

Jake Allen: "They took it to us for most of the game in an honest look".

Like I said, the Wild did nearly all they could on Wednesday night in Game 1, and were unlucky in facing Allen in what was statistically the best game of his career.

Or, on the other hand, the Blues just got lucky.

"Fifty-something saves is pretty remarkable", said Blues defenseman Joel Edmondson, who notched the overtime victor on Wednesday.

Allen's play left 19,000-plus people shaking their heads as they left the building early Thursday morning, including Wild players and coaches. Dubnyk appeared to have a clear look at Edmundson's fluttering shot, but the puck eluded the goalie's glove to give St. Louis a 1-0 lead. Parise has 32 goals and 38 assists in 91 career playoff games.

"I think he was just saving it all for the playoffs".

The Blues went 0 for four with a man advantage, managing just four shots on goal. They got out shot and out hit, which is not a winning combination. Usually when a goalie is in the zone, teams tend to get too fancy and think that the only way to beat a hot goalie is to look for the ideal play.

The Wild dominated play for a majority of the 77 minutes, 48 seconds the game lasted. Unfortunately, that trend carried on for most second and third periods as well. Minnesota was able to unleash a barrage of shots that did everything but go into the back of the net.

Minnesota monopolized the puck, tilted the ice and produced a week's worth of quality scoring chances over four periods of electrifying play.

Game 3 is on Sunday.