St. Louis Blues Look to Take Commanding Lead in Game 5 Against Minnesota Wild

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The first-round playoff series between the St. Louis Blues and Minnesota Wild moves back to St. Louis on Friday night as the two teams meet for Game 5, ready to break the 2-2 tie and give one team the greatest momentum to date in the series. Whichever team picks up the win will be able to establish a definite advantage, particularly if the Blues are able to go into Game 6 having won two straight with one more home game awaiting them even if they lose Game 6 in Minnesota.

The Blues, who have struggled to put together back-to-back consistent efforts, will be looking to repeat their dominant performance from Game 5. After being shut out in Game 3, the Blues rebounded in full force in Game 4, winning 6-1 while chasing Wild starting goalie Devan Dubnyk in the second period. With the Blues having one both that game and their last home game, Saturday’s Game 2, in decisive fashion, one would think they have the edge in Game 5, but they’ve been so inconsistent this postseason, particularly with their perceived effort level, that nothing is for certain.

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