Minnesota Wild was eliminated from the Stanley Cup playoffs by the St. Louis Blues, losing 5-1 in the sixth round of the first round of the Western Conference’s Best of 7 on Thursday.
Minnesota (53-22-7), whose records are for wins (53) and points (113), finished second in the Central Division, four points behind St. Louis. Wild has qualified for the Stanley Cup playoffs in nine of the past 10 seasons, but has lost seven straight postseason series dating to a four-game sweep by the Chicago Blackhawks in the second round in 2015.
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Here are five reasons to get rid of the wild:
1. Non-Private Teams
The special teams were anything but wild during the regular season, but they overpowered them. Not so in the playoffs.
St.Louis scored at least one powerhouse goal in every game of the series, including two in Game 6, and finished 8 for 26 (30.8 percent), the third most effective powerhouse game in the post-season behind the Colorado Avalanche (43.8 percent). percent) and Edmonton Oilers (38.9 percent). Wild was 4-24 (16.7 percent) on the strength game in the series after finishing 18th in the NHL (20.5 percent) during the regular season.
“They literally [stunk] All year round, Minnesota coach Dean Evason said. We’ve been through prolongations, but you can’t sign up. Obviously we were defeated by a team [where] Their own teams were much better than ours.”
2. Lack of scoring depth
Wild had six players who scored at least 20 goals during the regular season. In this series, they scored 16 goals in six matches; straight ahead Kirill Kaprizov (seven) and the middle Joel Erickson Eck (Three) represent 10 of them.
No other player has scored more than one goal.
After scoring 11 goals in games 2 and 3 against the Saint Louis goalkeeper Phil HosoMinnesota has scored five goals in the last three games against it Jordan Benningtonwho first appeared on his series in Game 4.
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3. Average target
Wild goal wasn’t bad, per se, but it didn’t steal any game in the series.
Marc-Andre Fleurywho was acquired in a deal with Blackhawks on March 21 for his vast playoff experience (he has won the Stanley Cup three times and played in the Cup Final five times), he averaged across his five starts, scoring 2-3 goals with a 3.04-versus average And 906 savings percentage.
Cam Talbot1, No. 1 before Fleury arrived, played in the fifth game and allowed four goals on 26 shots in the 5-2 loss.
The Wild, which allowed 3.04 goals per game during the regular season, conceded at least four goals in each of its four losses to the Blues and allowed five goals each in Games 4, 5 and 6, all losses.
4. Slow to adapt
St. Louis made two major adaptations in the series, and Minnesota had a hard time taking on both.
Due to a string of injuries on the Blue Line early in the series, the Blues went into a squad with 11 forwards and seven defenders. The switch distributed the workload to the defense and allowed coach Craig Beerup to rotate several skilled forwards to the fourth line and introduce confrontational problems to Wilde.
When St. Louis turned Binnington in goal, the complexion of the series changed. In Games 2 and 3, a fierce forehand check in Minnesota helped lead to one-sided wins. But Binnington’s ability to play disc and start a transitional game for the Blues has taken teeth out of Wild’s check in the last three games and shortened their powerful attack.
5. Bad tie
Minnesota didn’t get much reward for its record-breaking regular season, attracting the only team that was nearly as hot as it was at the bottom of the stretch and was traditionally suited to it.
Wild went 17-2-3 past the NHL trade deadline of March 21 and had the best percentage (.841) in the NHL. The Blues were fourth during this stretch, going 15-4-2 (.762).
The two teams played 18 games in the regular season since the start of the 2018-2019 season. The Blues 13-3-2, after beating Wilde 69-46.