Wild look to get back to their defensive ways

St. Louis (10-10-2) at Minnesota (14-8-1) 8:00 p.m. EST

ST. PAUL, Minnesota (Ticker) — Defense has been the calling
card of the Minnesota Wild this season but it seems to have
abandoned them of late.

The Wild will be looking to bounce back from their worst
defensive performance of the season when they host the St. Louis
Blues on Wednesday.

Minnesota had allowed four goals in a game only three times this
season before a 6-5 setback against Colorado on Monday.
Starting goaltender Niklas Backstrom allowed six goals on 26
shots before being pulled after two periods.

Despite the ugly loss, the Wild still lead the NHL in goals
allowed with 53 in 23 games and their penalty killing unit ranks
second in the league with an 88.8 conversion rate.

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Minnesota has also been finding its groove offensively, totaling
15 goals over the last three games and averaging 4.4 goals in
the last five contests. Pierre-Marc Bouchard has three goals in
the last two games after going nine games straight without a

The Blues are coming off a 4-2 win at Atlanta which snapped a
two-game slide. Brad Boyes tallied in the win and has four
goals in the last five games.

Keith Tkachuk collected his 1,000th career point on a goal in
the second period against the Thrashers.