The Blues have been nearly unbeatable on home ice all season long, posting an amazing 25-3-4 mark in the Gateway City. St. Louis has also gone without a regulation loss as the host since Dec. 3 and is 17-0-3 in its last 20 games on friendly ice.
With a 10-12-3 record on the road this year, it's safe to say the Blues can thank their home play for their current standing in the Western Conference. St. Louis is seeded fourth in the West and is five points ahead of Nashville for that distinction. The Blues are also just five points in back of Detroit for first place in the Central Division.
Following today's game, the Blues will play seven of their next eight contests on the road.
The Blues turned in a dominating performance in Thursday's home test against the New York Islanders. T.J. Oshie had a goal and two assists and Brian Elliott made 26 saves to lift St. Louis to the 5-1 victory.
Jason Arnott, Kevin Shattenkirk, Andy McDonald and David Perron all scored for the Blues, who rebounded nicely after Tuesday's 2-1 loss at Columbus. St. Louis scored five unanswered goals on Thursday to win for the sixth time in eight games.
"We kind of kept it pretty simple," said Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo. "We scored four goals on just shots and tips, doing what we do best. That's putting pucks to the net, getting in front of the goalie's eyes and banging and crashing."
Blues defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo missed Thursday's game with a wrist injury and he may be able to return for today's tilt.
The Wild's struggles continued Thursday night, as Minnesota lost its sixth straight game with a shootout loss against visiting Winnipeg. The six-game slide is Minnesota's second-longest skid of the year after an 0-5-3 stretch from Dec. 13-28.
Minnesota, which was leading the NHL in points in early December, has gone 5-16-6 over its last 27 games to deliver a serious blow to its playoff hopes. The Wild enter tonight trailing Phoenix and Los Angeles by six points for the last postseason berths in the West.
The Wild were burned by Evander Kane in Thursday's loss, as Winnipeg's star forward scored twice in regulation and added the winner in the shootout to lift the Jets to the 4-3 decision at Xcel Energy Center.
"It's not fun when you lose, so it wasn't fun," said Setoguchi. "We played a better game and scored, but our game isn't run and gun."
The Wild lost defenseman Mike Lundin to an undisclosed injury on Thursday and he is questionable for today's game.
Minnesota is 12-13-5 as the guest this year and has lost 13 of its last 15 road games.
The Wild were 2-0 against the Blues this year after the clubs met twice in St. Paul, but St. Louis recorded a 3-2 shootout victory on home ice when the teams battled on Jan. 14. Minnesota has taken six of eight overall in this series, but the Blues have won five of the last seven encounters at Scottrade Center.