Blues Gameday Preview: Minnesota Wild – 3/15/23

The St. Louis Blues had their two-game winning streak snapped on Sunday when they lost a tight one to the Vegas Golden Knights, 5-3. They hung tough with the Western Conference leaders with goals from Jakub Vrana (3), Jordan Kyrou (30), and Tyler Pitlick (5), but an empty-netter by former-Blue Alex Pietrangelo stopped the comeback and sealed the game with just 0:07 left. This one marked Ivan Barbashev’s return to St. Louis since he was traded to Vegas on Feb. 26. He recorded one assist and logged 19:09 of ice time to lead all Vegas forwards.

St. Louis Blues' Gameday Robert Thomas, Jordan Kyrou, Justin Faulk and Jordan Binnington
Robert Thomas, Jordan Kyrou, Justin Faulk, and Jordan Binnington (The Hockey Writers)

Now sitting at 29-32-5 (63 points), the Blues welcome the surging Minnesota Wild to the Enterprise Center for the final time this season. Since Feb. 17 (13 games), the Wild have not lost in regulation, bringing their record from 29-21-5 to 38-21-8. Their luck may be turning, however, as they’ll be without their star and leading scorer, Kirill Kaprizov, for the next three to four weeks while he’s sidelined with a lower-body injury.

The Blues and Wild have split the season series 1-1-0, but the Blues lead the all-time series at 47-29-5-9.

Blues vs. Wild

When: Mar. 15 @ 8:30 PM CT

Where: Enterprise Center – St. Louis, MO

TV Broadcast: TNT

Radio Radio Broadcast: 101 ESPN, Blues App

Blues Projected Lineup


Alexey Toropchenko – Robert Thomas – Jordan Kyrou

Jakub Vrana – Pavel Buchnevich – Kasperi Kapanen

Brandon Saad – Brayden Schenn – Sammy Blais

Nathan Walker – Logan Brown – Tyler Pitlick

Pavel Buchnevich St. Louis Blues
Pavel Buchnevich, St. Louis Blues (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers)


Nick Leddy – Colton Parayko

Marco Scandella – Justin Faulk

Torey Krug – Tyler Tucker


Jordan Binnington

Berube Making History

When the puck drops tonight, head coach Craig Berube will be coaching in his 500th game. He will become just the sixth person in NHL history to have played in at least 1000 games and coached at least 500. From 1986-2003, he played in 1054 games for the Philadelphia Flyers, Calgary Flames, and Washington Capitals, totaling 61 goals and 159 points. As a head coach, he spent 2014-15 with the Flyers before joining the Blues for their Cup run in 2018. His record behind the bench is 180-132-53, good for a .638 points percentage (P%).

Buchnevich Still Streaking

In recording his 38th assist of the season against Vegas, Pavel Buchnevich has scored at least one point in nine straight games, dating back to Feb. 23. In that same stretch, he’s recorded 15 points (four goals, 11 assists). A point tonight would give him his second 10-game point streak as a member of the Blues.

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Wild Projected Lineup


Sammy Walker – Ryan Hartman – Mats Zuccarello

Marcus Johanssen – Joel Erikkson-Ek – Matthew Boldy

Sam Steel – Frederick Gaudreau – Oskar Sundqvist

Mason Shaw – Connor Dewar – Ryan Reaves

Oskar Sundqvist Detroit Red Wings
Oskar Sundqvist, formerly of the St. Louis Blues and Detroit Red Wings (Jess Starr/The Hockey Writers)


Jacob Middleton – Jared Spurgeon

Alex Goligoski – Matt Dumba

Jon Merrill – John Klingberg


Marc-Andre Fleury

Sunny Comes Home

Oskar Sundqvist will face off against his former team for the first time. The Blues dealt him and Jake Walman to the Detroit Red Wings last season as part of the trade that netted Nick Leddy. In five games since joining Minnesota, he’s registered two assists, five hits, and four penalty minutes (PIM) while playing in their bottom-six. During his time in St. Louis, “Sunny” was a fourth-line mainstay alongside Barbashev and Alexander Steen, scoring 83 points and 307 hits in 242 games over four-plus seasons.

Who to Watch

St. Louis Blues: Pavel Buchnevich

As stated earlier, Buchnevich will be looking to extend his point streak to 10 games tonight. He’s been spending more time as the second-line center, which should lead to increased opportunities. He’ll be playing alongside two speedy playmakers in Vrana and Kapanen, both of whom are off to solid starts with the club.

Minnesota Wild: Mats Zuccarello

Zuccarello has four points (two goals) in the Wild’s last three contests. With Kaprizov out of the lineup, he’s been forced to take more shots rather than looking to make a pass, thus leading to his uptick in production. His 62 points rank second on the team, while he leads the club with 40 assists.

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