Preview: St. Louis at Minnesota

When: 8:00 PM  ET, Saturday, November 29, 2014
Where: Xcel Energy Center, Saint Paul, Minnesota
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A pair of teams coming off dramatic overtime victories will square off Saturday when the Minnesota Wild host the St. Louis Blues in a matchup of Central Division rivals. The Wild survived squandering an early three-goal lead and had to rally to eke out a 5-4 victory at Dallas on Friday night on defenseman Marco Scandella's game-winning tally. The Blues will provide the first test on a rugged four-game homestand for Minnesota that features four opponents who are leading or tied atop their respective divisions. 

Vladimir Tarasenko was making headlines on a nightly basis earlier this season when he pumped in eight goals during a six-game stretch, and the 22-year-old Russian was at it again with another highlight-reel tally in overtime to lift St. Louis to a 4-3 victory over visiting Edmonton. Although he's cooled off since that blistering stretch, Tarasenko still has four goals in his last eight games to boost his team-high total to 13. "It's fun watching that kid shoot the puck," teammate T.J. Oshie said. "He can't do it enough."

TV: 8 p.m. ET, FSN Midwest (St. Louis), FSN North (Minnesota)

ABOUT THE BLUES (15-6-2): Jay Bouwmeester will sit out his fourth straight game Saturday with a lower-body injury that ended his 737-game ironman streak, but his fellow defensemen are providing some solid production. Kevin Shattenkirk, the team leader with 16 assists, scored his second goal of the season Friday, as did Alex Pietrangelo, who also collected an assist to give him multiple points in three of his last four games. "This is the 'Petro' we saw most of last year," Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said of Pietrangelo, who amassed 51 points last season. "He's in attack mode now."

ABOUT THE WILD (13-9-0): Thomas Vanek was signed by Minnesota to provide a boost to the offense, but he was mired in one of the worst slumps of his career with one goal in his first 21 games. Vanek, who has scored at least 20 goals in each of his first nine seasons and entered the campaign with 278 career tallies, broke out of his funk by snapping an 11-game goalless drought while producing his first three-point performance of the season. "The consistency is going to come," Wild coach Mike Yeo said of Vanek's scoring. "that’s our job as far as developing the habits. They’re not habits right now."

OVERTIME

1. The Wild ended a nine-game winless drought against St. Louis with a 4-2 home win on April 10.

2. Hitchcock needs one win to move past Mike Keenan (671) and into sole possession of sixth place on the all-time list.

3. Wild F Nino Niederreiter has seven goals in his past eight games.

PREDICTION: Wild 3, Blues 2

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div
St. Louis 15-6-0-2 W1 9-3-0-1 6-3-0-1 2-1-0-0 13-5-0-2 5-1-0-0
Minnesota 13-9-0-0 W1 7-2-0-0 6-7-0-0 2-1-0-0 11-8-0-0 ---

Last Meeting

St. Louis Minnesota
Date Away Home Shots Saves PP Shots Saves PP
4/10/14 STL 2 MIN 4 45 11 1-4 15 43 0-4

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Total Points Player  
STL A. Steen 2
MIN K. Brodziak 2
Goals Player  
STL J. Schwartz 1
MIN K. Brodziak 2
Assists Player  
STL A. Steen 2
MIN M. Cooke 2
Saves Player  
STL R. Miller 9
MIN J. Curry 43
Season
Total Points Player  
STL V. Tarasenko 25
MIN Z. Parise 17
Goals Player  
STL V. Tarasenko 13
MIN N. Niederreiter 11
Assists Player  
STL K. Shattenkirk 16
MIN T. Vanek 12
Saves Player  
STL B. Elliott 335
MIN D. Kuemper 377

Quickchart Matchup

St. Louis Off vs  Minnesota Def
2.65 GF
2.36 GA
31.3 Shots
25.8 Shots
19 PP
8 PK
Minnesota Off vs  St. Louis Def
2.82 GF
2.04 GA
32.9 Shots
26.2 Shots
6 PP
14 PK

Live Game Odds

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Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

St. Louis Overall Minnesota
15-6-0-2 W/L 13-9-0-0
9-14 ATS 14-8
8-7 O/U 7-13
2.65 Goals For 2.82
2.04 Goals Agnst 2.36
St. Louis A/H Minnesota
6-3-0-1 W/L 7-2-0-0
5-5 ATS 5-4
4-4 O/U 4-5
2.20 Goals For 3.56
2.00 Goals Agnst 2.22