Wild look to close Round 1 playoff series at home Sunday


History could be made Sunday if the Minnesota Wild seal their playoff series win against the St. Louis Blues, which would mark the first time the franchise advanced in the playoffs in just six games.

While the Wild dominated in Friday's 4-1 win that gave them a 3-games-to-2 advantage over the Blues so far, the series has gone back and forth. The teams have traded wins in the first five games, meaning Sunday's sixth game could go either way.

“Both teams have proved that they’ve been able to collect themselves. That’s even from period to period,” Coach Mike Yeo said at a Saturday press conference. “If we’re going to get the result that we want, we’re absolutely going to have to earn it.”

Sunday's game will be at home at the Xcel Energy Center. The last game on home ice was Game 4, which ended in a 6-1 win for the Blues.

Going into Game 5, Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk was named a finalist for the Vezina Trophy. In Friday's game he had 36 saves. NHL.com reports since Dubnyk started with the Wild, the team hasn't dropped two games in a row.

The Blues are going into Game 6 understanding what's on the line.

Sunday's game starts at 2 p.m. and will air on NBC.

The Wild are hosting a free pre-game party from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. outside Gate 2 at the Xcel Energy Center.

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