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Suter: Wild will ‘find out what we’re made of’

St Louis Blues v Minnesota Wild - Game Two

ST PAUL, MN - APRIL 14: A fan cheers during the first period between the Minnesota Wild and the St. Louis Blues in Game Two of the Western Conference First Round during the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Xcel Energy Center on April 14, 2017 in St Paul, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

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You’d need to be delusional to deny that the Minnesota Wild are in a tough spot after Friday’s loss.

They’re now down 2-0 in their first-round series against the Blues, and with both defeats at home, it means they need to get back into this bout with Games 3 and 4 in St. Louis.

Jake Allen’s been playing at an absolutely elite level, going on one of those tears that can really frustrate a team. The Wild, for their part, are at least saying the right things.
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“This series is long from over,” Chris Stewart said. “There’s no quit in this locker room.”

That doesn’t mean that there’s no room for improvement. After generating a massive advantage in shots on goal in Game 1, chances were fairly even on Saturday, with the Blues getting a late goal to win 2-1.

Zach Parise has, essentially, been the only player who’s been able to beat Allen, an unusual sign for a Wild team that’s enjoyed deploying waves of attackers during their best moments. At least they know that they need to ramp things up.

A playoff series can get away from you fast, particularly after burning home games. The Wild are at least making the right statements about showing urgency, but we’ll find out what they’re “made of” soon enough.

Check out the recap of Game 2 here.