I thought the Wild played well in both games in St. Louis, minus a few hiccups that didn't hurt them in game 1, but did in game 2. The series is shaping up to be the close battle that everyone predicted it to be.
So now the series is in Minnesota and it's on the Wild to hold onto home-ice advantage. Generally the Wild have been good at home under Mike Yeo in the playoffs (6-2 record in the last two playoff years), but the home record hasn't been exactly spectacular as the season finished.
The historical pessimism corner:
- The Wild have never finished a home game with a series lead in franchise history.
- The Wild are 9-15 in games following a playoff loss in their history.
- The Wild are 10-17 in playoff games played in arenas where I have attended a hockey game.