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St. Louis Blues head coach Mike Yeo knows all about coaching playoff-critical games in Minnesota in March. He's just never done it from the visitors' bench before.

Just 13 months ago, Yeo was coaching the Minnesota Wild -- the St. Louis Blues' foe on Tuesday night at Xcel Energy Center. Fired by Minnesota in mid-February last season, Yeo returns to his former workplace as the Blues' head coach for the first time since taking over the job on Feb. 1 this season.

The Blues are in the hunt for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference, but have been decidedly streaky, going 8-6-0 since Yeo started filling out the line charts. They won seven of their first eight after he took over, then struggled through a long losing streak but are coming off a 3-0 road win over the Colorado Avalanche on Sunday in Denver.

"We've got to look to build off this," Yeo said after the win in Colorado. "Obviously we're going in to play a real good team and we've got to make sure we're on top of our game. If we get that win, we're really going somewhere."

And the elder Yeo won't be the only member of the family working at Xcel Energy Center this week. On Thursday his son Kyler, a high school senior, will play in the famed Minnesota State High School Hockey Tournament for private school power Hill-Murray.

Before all that, the Wild will look to maintain their spot atop both the Central Division and the West. By beating the San Jose Sharks 3-1 on Sunday, the Wild moved ahead of Chicago, which is idle until Thursday, for the division and conference leads.

With the Sharks leading the Pacific Division, Sunday's contest had a definite air of playoff intensity and Wild coach Bruce Boudreau said his team played perhaps its best defensive game of the season, despite losing blue-liner Christian Folin departing with an upper-body injury in the first period and playing with five defenseman for most of the game.

The Wild announced Monday that Folin will miss a minimum of three weeks.

"I thought the responsibility from everybody was really good," Boudreau said. "I know we want to play that way, especially getting in the habits. This was the way we were playing when we were in our (winning) streak and we got away from it a little bit."

Offensively, the Wild are close to full strength, with linemates Zach Parise and Jason Pominville returning after being scratched due to a mumps scare in the Minnesota locker room. With those two back in the lineup, and with Martin Hanzal and Ryan White fully incorporated now after coming over in a trade with Arizona last week, Minnesota sent forward Tyler Graovac back to AHL's Iowa on Monday.

Both teams are receiving solid goaltending of late. Jake Allen's 27 saves in Colorado gave him his third shutout of the season and the 14th of his career. Minnesota's Devan Dubnyk got his 35th win of the season versus San Jose, two victories shy of the franchise's single-season record for a goalie.
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Blues • The Blues got back on the winning track with a 3-0 victory over Colorado on Sunday, snapping a five-game losing streak. ... The three goals against the Avalanche were the most for the club’s offense in the last six games. ... Paul Stastny scored his 17th goal of the season on the power play and has two goals in his last three games. Five of Stastny’s 17 goals have come on the man-advantage. ... The Blues will be wrapping up a three-game road trip in Minnesota. The club is 2-2 against the Wild this season, winning the first two and dropping the last two ...

Wild • Minnesota is back atop the Western Conference standings after a 3-1 victory over San Jose on Sunday. The Wild have a one-point lead (90-89) over Chicago for the lead in the Central Division. ... Forwards Zach Parise and Jason Pominville returned to the lineup after missing three games each with the mumps. Parise scored the team’s first goal on a pass from Pominville and now has seven goals in his last 12 games. ... Goalie Devan Dubnyk leads the NHL with 35 wins and a .933 save percentage. He is 2-1-1 against the Blues this season with a 1.98 goals-against average and a .932 save percentage.

Injuries • Blues — LW Robby Fabbri (knee), out. Wild — D Christian Folin (upper body), out.
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The Blues face the Western Conference's best team in the Minnesota Wild tonight. The Blues have split the season series with the Wild thus far, winning the first two and losing the most recent two. Overall, the Blues have won four of their last six against the Wild, while killing 21 of 23 Wild power-play opportunities in that span. Jaden Schwartz has been the Blues' best player in this series this season, posting two goals and three points overall. Schwartz has scored more goals against the Wild (7) than any other team in his career. Tonight wraps up a three-game road trip for the Blues. Following the game, they will return to St. Louis, where they will host back-to-back home games on Friday and Saturday against the Ducks and Islanders, respectively.

What to Watch

Can the Blues continue to stifle the opposing offense? Since the beginning of February, the Blues have allowed the fewest goals in the league at 25. On the road, they have collected six shutouts over their last 14 games (since Jan. 14). That total is more than 14 different teams have posted all season. Mike Yeo will return to Minnesota for the first time as Blues head coach. Yeo spent five seasons behind the Wild bench, posting a 173-132-44 regular season record.

Milestones

David Perron - 4 shy of 100 goals as a Blue / 8 shy of 500 career PIM
Paul Stastny - 3 shy of 200 games as a Blue
Kyle Brodziak - 4 shy of 400 career PIM
Carl Gunnarsson - 9 shy of 100 career assists
Jori Lehtera - 3 shy of 100 career points
Alexander Steen - 6 shy of 300 points as a Blue / 6 shy of 400 career PIM / 10 shy of 300 PIM as a Blue
Jaden Schwartz - 4 shy of 200 career points
Jay Bouwmeester - 8 shy of 100 PIM as a Blue
Robert Bortuzzo - 9 shy of 200 career games

Quick Hits

Jake Allen's shutout vs. Colorado on Sunday moved him into sole possession of fourth on the all-time franchise list (14)
Jordan Schmaltz played 15:07 in his NHL debut on Sunday in Colorado
The Blues are 4-for-11 on the power play over their last four games
The Blues have blocked 144 shots on the road since Feb. 1. Only the Islanders have a higher total in that category (180)
Only Patrick Kane (7) and Jonathan Toews (7) have scored more road goals than Patrik Berglund (6) since Feb. 1


This day in history:
1981 Wayne Gretzky becomes first player in NHL history to have 6 hat tricks before age 21 scoring 4 goals in Oiler 5-3 win over Flyers giving him 100 goals in 145 games
1986 Wayne Gretzky breaks own NHL season record with 136th assist
1988 Blues obtain right wing Brett Hull and forward Steve Bozek from Flames for defenseman Rob Ramage and goaltender Rick Wamsley
1991 Brett Hull scores hat trick in 5-5 tie with Bruins breaking the NHL season record for a Right Wing with 73 goals and breaking the Blues season point record with 114
1994 Steve Duchesne scored 7000th goal in Blues history and became 2nd Blues defenseman to register a hat trick in 3-2 win over Maple Leafs
1995 Brett Hull became 1st and still only Blues player to reach 400 Goals as member of the Blues with 2G and 1A in 6-3 win over Ducks
1996 Al MacInnis playing in his 900th NHL career game scored a goal for his 900th career point in the Blues 4-2 loss to the Flames
1998 Wayne Gretzky scores his 1,000th NHL goal in Rangers 6-3 loss to the Devils

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Could be a first-round matchup preview here. Hopefully we'll see a glimpse of some playoff intensity.

I mean, from the Blues.

Parise and Pominville are back- this could be ugly if we're not near perfect.

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Jay Bouwmeester - Alex Pietrangelo
Joel Edmundson - Colton Parayko
Carl Gunnarsson - Robert Bortuzzo

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Jake Allen

As predicted. They beat Colorado so don't change anything. :doh: :facepalm:

Lehtera still getting ice time. What was the point of keeping Barbashev on the roster and acquiring Sanford if they don't even get to play? Where is the accountability Yeo promised???

Oh... they benched Yakupov for Jaskin. Big friggin' deal.

This lineup is going to get crushed tonight trying to ice the big, physical lineup, instead of adjusting to the new NHL and challenging them with speed and skill.... oh, the coach won't play the fast, skill players available. They are rookies after all.

You know that fast skill team in Illinois... they beat the Wild the last 2 times they met. But let's try to out-physical a team with Lehtera, Berglund, and Stastny at C. Riiigghhht.

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Lord help me. :facepalm:

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This doesn't really help my argument about it being "just the Avs." Barbashev should be dressing more than Lehtera.

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hey Schmaltz, pretty solid debut. Now go to the press box!

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hey Schmaltz, pretty solid debut. Now go to the press box!

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I edited almost that exact line out of my post by accident...

"rich" games?? Shouldn't that be when you aren't icing guys who can't score??? And giving the younger players that "rich" experience?? Players don't learn sitting in the press box, Mike Yeo.

Same shit, different city.

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Jaskin-Lehtera-Paajarvi 116 GP 34 points

How does that type "experience" help the team win in a "rich" game??

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From Rutherford's Morning Skate...Yeo said the Blues held a "real strong" team meeting the day before playing in Colorado and emerged with the belief that they wanted to play a veteran lineup.

"These are rich games right now and this is a situation that inside the locker room it's probably for tough to understand what you're dealing with," Yeo said. "(Barbashev) has done a good job and I would expect all these guys to factor in. But again, these are rich games. We've lost a lot of games in a row and everybody was a part of that. We came into last game, and after a real strong team meeting, the way that we challenged guys, we went with a little bit of an older lineup, and that's the way we decided to go."

There is strong sentiment among fans that Barbashev is a better option than Jori Lehtera, who has no points in his last six games. But Yeo said he's liked Lehtera on the third line, particularly his performance in Colorado.

"I think where Lehtera has looked good for us is when he's slid down the lineup," Yeo said. "Now all of the sudden he's getting different matchups. Even last game, I thought he played another strong game. There's definitely a certain pressure that comes when you put him in with Vladi (Tarasenko) and certain matchups that go along with that. I feel that a lot of times when he's been playing with Vladi, he's been trying real hard to get him the puck and when we play him with different players, he looks more free and he's just trying to play his game, and that was evident (in Colorado). I thought he did a good job."

But Yeo said the lineup moving forward will depend on the production and determination level tonight.

"We've got a number of guys at our disposal," he said. "We talked about it in our team meeting the other day, basically the guys that are going to play are going to be guys that deserve the chance and guys that we feel are going to help us win the hockey game."


In other words, let's base how good the team is and who deserves to play based on how they performed in one game against the worst team in the West. And let's let the players decide who plays, regardless of performance, not the coach. Got it, coach.

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But Yeo said the lineup moving forward will depend on the production and determination level tonight.


This is the 2nd time Yeo had said this. He said it before the Oilers game, too. And now he is repeating what he claims he will do, but didn't already. Nice way to demand accountability, coach. Just keep sliding it to the right and the season will be over.

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"The guys that are going to play are going to be guys that deserve the chance and guys that we feel are going to help us win the hockey game."

I'm sorry but I really hope we get trounced tonight so Yeo can get hopefully develop an understanding of why the guys he's playing are not deserving, nor helping the team win the hockey game. This is the same crapola Jets fans such as myself got when Todd Bowles kept putting Ryan Fitzpatrick out there week after week, even after it was evident the team was going nowhere and he was the problem. Loyalty to the guy with the big contract doesn't necessarily get you the wins. Bowles figured it out eventually, and threw a kid in to see what would happen. I can only hope Yeo reaches the same conclusion quickly.

Lehtera is playing for one, maybe two reasons: to keep Tarasenko happy (I think Vlad might be a bit brain dead if this is actually the case) and more likely because his contract demands it. Why sit a guy making that much money? You have to justify it somehow, and in this case to the detriment of the team. No coach with any sense could possibly think Lehtera has any redeeming hockey value to the organization.

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Considering Yeo never developed that understanding in 5 years with the Wild, especially with the way a talented team wasn't scoring and young players weren't developing, what makes anyone think Yeo would suddenly develop that understanding?

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Great save by Allen!

Great kill by The Blues!

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Nice to see Perron score after such a long dry spell. Let's hope he goes on a streak now to the end of the season and into the playoffs.

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Solid first period. Let's see them maintain that level, please.

Lehtera only 3:17 of ice time (least on team) and 0 for 2 on faceoffs. If he isn't good enough to play a regular shift, why is he even in the lineup??

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That should have been an easy tip-in for Schwartz. Man is he cold!

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Berglund taps in the PP goal, after Allen makes a super save at the other end. But, they called no goal as contact was ruled above the crossbar. :cry:

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Lehtera didn't take any faceoffs in the 2nd period. So what's the point of having him at C??

Team maintained level of play and did excellent defensively keeping the Wild outside when the Wild were pressuring.

Just think this team would be better with a real 3rd line, instead of what's out there.

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Beeeeeeyoooootiful play by Pietrangelo, Schwartz and Tarasenko, who buries it for a 2-0 lead!!! :banana:

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Great save by Allen!!!

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Touch skipper, but Allen probably should have had that. But, a win in Minnesota is pretty good! Good job men! :banana:

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