The Blues were beat by the streaking Minnesota Wild 4-2 Thursday at Xcel Energy Center, and now with two games left in the regular season, the Blues find themselves in second place in the Central Division. The panic button may be within arm’s reach. Forward T.J. Oshie left the game with an upper body injury after being hit along the boards.
Oshie had the puck behind the net and skated along the boards where he was hit up high by Wild forward Mike Rupp, who received a match penalty.
“Certainly, it’s a tough hit to take right now,” Hitchcock said.
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The loss was the Blues’ fourth in a row and Colorado defeated the Vancouver Canucks 4-2 to move into first place. Colorado and St. Louis each have a 52-21-7 record for 111 points, but the Avalanche have more regulation and overtime wins (47-43).
Blues goaltender Ryan Miller was pulled early in the third after he allowed four goals on 13 shots. The Wild finished with 15, while the Blues peppered Wild goalie John Curry with 45 shots. Despite the huge advantage in shots and offensive zone time, the Blues still pick up another L.