Xcel Energy Center to host watch party for Game 3 of Wild-Blues playoff matchup

The Minnesota Wild are hosting a watch party Friday night at Xcel Energy Center for Game 3 of the playoff series with the St. Louis Blues.

Doors open for the free event at 8 p.m. The puck drops at 8:30 p.m. at St. Louis’ Enterprise Center.

Fans can register here.

The Wild evened the series at one a piece Wednesday after defeating the Blues 6-2, with Kirill Kaprizov scoring a hat trick to answer the Blues’ 4-0 shutout of the Wild in Game 1.

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Both scoring margins were a stark contrast from many of the nail biters and overtime matches between the teams in the past few years. The Central Division rivals have met in the first round of the Stanley Cup three times in the past seven years.

The Wild hope their momentum will be enough to overcome the Blues’ scoring domination over the Wild in the last three seasons, which has led the Blues to a 13-3 hold over the Wild since the Blues won it all in 2019.

Mackenzie MacEachern and Scott Perunovich are out for the Blues, while Nick Leddy is listed as day-to-day with an upper body injury. The Wild have no injuries.