Entering play Tuesday, the NHL’s only playoff matchup set in stone is Blues-Wild. Home ice is still up for grabs, but the division rivals will meet as the Nos. 2 and 3 seeds in the Central.
The teams will meet for the third time in the last eight postseasons, with the series serving as a rubber match (Wild won in 2015, Blues in 2017). The rosters are much different, though, and only a handful of players were around the last time these teams went head-to-head in the playoffs.
The Blues won all three matchups this season, although the Wild didn’t play any of those games on home ice. The first meeting took place on New Year’s Day at Target Field, and history suggests home-ice advantage doesn’t exist outdoors. The next two games were in St. Louis, and both went to overtime.