GDT #23: 11/25/13 > Blues vs Wild > 7:00 PM > NBCN/KMOX

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GDT #23: 11/25/13 > Blues vs Wild > 7:00 PM > NBCN/KMOX

Postby dmiles2186 » Mon Nov 25, 2013 7:57 am

Look at the last 10 stat below. Whew. We're in for a good one.

WILD (15-5-4) at BLUES (16-3-3)

TV: NBCSN; RDS2

Last 10: Minnesota 8-1-1; St. Louis 8-1-1

Season series: The St. Louis Blues and Minnesota Wild meet for the first of five times this season. The Blues won all three games between the teams last season, extending their winning streak against the Wild to five. St. Louis is 7-0-2 against Minnesota in the past nine meetings at Scottrade Center.

Big story: The NHL's two hottest teams in November face off for the first time this season. Minnesota is 9-1-1 this month; the Blues are 9-2-1.

Team Scope:

Wild: Josh Harding stepped up last month when starting goaltender Niklas Backstrom went down with an injury. Backstrom returned the favor on Saturday after Harding was injured in warmups, stopping 37 shots against the Winnipeg Jets in a 3-2 shootout victory just hours after returning from a concussion.

"You have to be ready all the time," Backstrom said afterward, "and you never know what's going to happen, so you have to find a way to be ready and be at your best."

Blues: In contrast to the Wild, who are 10 games over .500 despite having outscored opponents by nine goals, the Blues are beating up on a lot of opponents. They lead the NHL with a plus-29 goal differential after routing the Dallas Stars 6-1 at home Saturday night. Six players scored and 13 had at least one point.

"Through the whole lineup, everybody was solid," said center T.J. Oshie, who had a goal and an assist. "When we can go at them in waves, I think that's when we're at our best."

Coach Ken Hitchcock is expected to use starter Jaroslav Halak in goal after Brian Elliott made 34 saves against the Stars.

Who's hot: Minnesota captain Mikko Koivu has nine points in his past six games. … His counterpart with the Blues, David Backes, has goals in back-to-back games. He has 10 goals in 22 games, four more than he scored all last season.

Injury report: The Wild don't know if Harding (lower body) will be ready to play. An MRI on Sunday came up negative. Forward Mikael Granlund (upper body) missed Saturday's game, as did Torrey Mitchell (leg). … Blues forward Ryan Reaves broke his right hand Saturday and is expected to miss a month. Defenseman Jordan Leopold (hand) is out indefinitely.
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Re: GDT #23: 11/25/13 > Blues vs Wild > 7:00 PM > NBCN/KMOX

Postby WaukeeBlues » Mon Nov 25, 2013 9:21 am

Wait we're winning teh hockies!?!!?!

Team is on fire, lots of contributors. I like it.

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Re: GDT #23: 11/25/13 > Blues vs Wild > 7:00 PM > NBCN/KMOX

Postby ComradeT » Mon Nov 25, 2013 2:55 pm

10-9 the good guys. Both teams pull their goalies twice! :aaaa:
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Re: GDT #23: 11/25/13 > Blues vs Wild > 7:00 PM > NBCN/KMOX

Postby Oaklandblue » Mon Nov 25, 2013 4:21 pm

3-2 The Good Guys.

Steen, Stewart and Schwartz with one apiece. Halak stands tall.
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Re: GDT #23: 11/25/13 > Blues vs Wild > 7:00 PM > NBCN/KMOX

Postby dmiles2186 » Mon Nov 25, 2013 9:14 pm

For my flashchat peeps.

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Re: GDT #23: 11/25/13 > Blues vs Wild > 7:00 PM > NBCN/KMOX

Postby sseagle » Mon Nov 25, 2013 9:42 pm

dmiles2186 wrote:For my flashchat peeps.

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WHERES ALL THE DICKS?
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Re: GDT #23: 11/25/13 > Blues vs Wild > 7:00 PM > NBCN/KMOX

Postby dmiles2186 » Tue Nov 26, 2013 7:47 am

sseagle wrote:
dmiles2186 wrote:For my flashchat peeps.

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WHERES ALL THE DICKS?


He ate 'em all. DUH.

But in all seriousness, another awesome win from the Blues. After the disallowed goal, the Blues pretty much owned the game, even though they didn't even get a shot off in the 3rd period until the very end (maybe only on Steener's EN). Halak was outstanding. Steener was all over the ice. And we SHUT. THEM. DOWN......BECAUSE WE CAN!

But seriously, another new division foe, and another Blues win. 2 more points. 17-3-3. We've got a durn good team, gents. And they're fun to watch.
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Re: GDT #23: 11/25/13 > Blues vs Wild > 7:00 PM > NBCN/KMOX

Postby drwoland » Tue Nov 26, 2013 10:11 am

Damn that was a fun one to which to come home. Really didn't get to see the first 2 goals but we just looked STRONG. I didn't like the unpunished crosscheck on Steen's neck, but he was kinda asking for it so I guess I won't get too bent. Hopefully Reaves's absence doesn't make people think they can take liberties.
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Re: GDT #23: 11/25/13 > Blues vs Wild > 7:00 PM > NBCN/KMOX

Postby ViPeRx007 » Tue Nov 26, 2013 2:43 pm

Suddenly Halak is too good to even allow a goal? Screw that guy.

He's my most disappointing Blue by far.
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