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Blues vs. Wild Stanley Cup playoffs Game 2 odds: Minnesota sticking with goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury over Cam Talbot

The Wild will not make a goalie change in Game 2 vs. St. Louis.
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Minnesota goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury is a future Hall of Famer and has been one of the best postseason netminders in league history, having won three Stanley Cups. However, Fleury struggled in the playoffs last year with Vegas, and he wasn't great for the Minnesota Wild in Game 1 of the Western Conference first-round series vs. St. Louis. Despite that, Fleury will be in net for Game 2, and the Wild are -140 favorites at Caesars Sportsbook.

The Wild were -140 at home for Game 1 but lost 4-0 to the Blues as David Perron had a hat trick. He became the 14th different player in franchise history to record a playoff hat trick and first to do so in St. Louis' opening game of a postseason. The Blues' Ville Husso became the first goaltender in franchise history to record a shutout in his playoff debut.

Fleury stopped 27 of 31 shots and that followed an April where he had a shaky 3.01 GAA, although he managed to go 7-2 in those nine games. The Minnesota defense didn't help Fleury all that much as it was just 2-for-4 on the penalty kill in Game 1.

"Special teams killed us," said Wild coach Dean Evason. "Five-on-five, we were real good. Real good. In both zones, all three zones, five-on-five. We just didn't play there. We were four-on-four a ton ... We were power play or penalty kill. And not a secret, they have not been good this year. So if we're going to have success, obviously, they have to get better."

Fleury did stop Ivan Barbashev on a penalty shot Monday, the first penalty shot Fleury has ever faced in the playoffs – which is hard to believe. He became only the second Wild goaltender to face a penalty shot in the postseason, joining Niklas Backstrom in Game 1 of the 2008 conference quarterfinals. Backstrom was also successful. Fleury's 90 wins in the postseason are fourth-most in NHL history.

Evason has a very good secondary option in Cam Talbot, who had 32-12-4 record during the regular season, posting a .911 save percentage and a 2.77 GAA. Talbot hasn't lost in regulation since March 1, a span of 17 games and 16 starts, going 13-0-3 in that stretch. The Wild rotated between goalies for 15 consecutive games down the stretch before going with Talbot two straight, then Fleury three of the final four games. Fleury may have a short leash tonight.

Including Game 1, the Blues have won six straight games against Minnesota, going 10-0-1 in their last 11 matchups.

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