Minnesota Wild (43-21-5, second in Central) vs. St. Louis Blues (40-20-10, third in Central)
Saint Louis; Friday, 8 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: Kirill Kaprizov leads Minnesota in a game against St. Louis. He is seventh in the league with 87 points, scoring 40 goals and adding 47 assists.
The Blues are 13-5-3 in divisional play. St. Louis is third in the Western Conference with an average of 3.6 goals per game, led by Vladimir Tarasenko with 25.
The Wild are 10-9-1 against Central opponents. Minnesota ranks third in the Western Conference with 9.7 points per game, averaging 3.6 goals and 6.1 assists.
When they last met on Jan. 1, St. Louis won 6-4. Jordan Kyrou scored two goals for the Blues.
TOP PERFORMERS: Robert Thomas leads the Blues with 44 assists and has 60 points this season. David Perron has scored five goals in St. Louis’ last 10 games.
Kaprizov has 87 total points while scoring 40 goals and 47 assists for the Wild. Joel Eriksson Ek has three goals and five assists in Minnesota’s last 10 games.
LAST 10 GAMES: Blues: 6-3-1, averaged 4.1 goals, 7.1 assists, 2.4 penalties and 5.1 penalty minutes while allowing 3.2 goals per game with save percentage of 0.892.
Wild: 8-1-1, averaged 3.2 goals, 5.6 assists, four penalties and 10.3 penalty minutes while allowing 1.9 goals per game with a .939 save percentage.
INJURIES: Blues: Scott Perunovich: out (wrist), Logan Brown: day to day (illness), Torey Krug: out (upper body).
Wild: Matt Dumba: day to day (upper body), Jon Merrill: out (upper body), Matt Boldy: day to day (upper body).