St. Louis (39-21-6) at Minnesota (39-26-1)

Cloudy Currently: St. Paul, MN
Temp: 57° F
  • Game info: 8:00 pm EST Wed Mar 26, 2003
  • TV: FSMW, FSM
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ST. PAUL, MINNESOTA (TICKER) —The Minnesota Wild can make things even closer in the Western Conference playoff race Wednesday night when they host the St. Louis Blues.

Only six points separate fourth-place Colorado, which has 95 points and seventh-place Minnesota, which has 89 points.

The Wild lead Edmonton, which has not yet clinched a playoff berth, by just four points and trail Anaheim by one and St. Louis by four.

Minnesota is playing at the Xcel Energy for the first time since clinching a playoff berth on Sunday with a 4-0 win over the Detroit Red Wings. The Wild lost by the same score at Detroit on Tuesday. Despite the loss, Minnesota is 10-4-2 over its last 16 games.

The Blues have lost consecutive games for the third time since the All-Star break and are two points behind the Avalanche.

St. Louis dropped three straight from February 20-23 and is 8-3-1 since that slide. In Sunday’s 3-1 setback to the Stars, the Blues just tied a season-low with 12 shots on goal. Goaltender Brent Johnson made his first start since St. Louis acquired Chris Osgood from the New York Islanders.

Osgood is 3-1-0 with a 2.23 goals-against average with St. Louis and is expected to start Wednesday.

The series is tied, 1-1-1. St. Louis posted a 2-0 home win on March 1 as Curtis Sanford made 27 saves. In Minnesota’s 3-1 win here on February 23, Blues winger Keith Tkachuk cross-checked Minnesota center Wes Walz in the throat and was suspended for four games.

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