Game Report: Wild 6, Blues 2

Tuesday night’s game against the Minnesota Wild began a stretch in which the Blues will play eight out of their next 10 games against Central Division opponents, a span that could have a major impact on their playoff hopes.

They will have to play much better in the rest of the games than they did against the Wild for them to feel good about those playoff hopes.

Jaden Schwartz scored just 45 seconds into the game, but that was pretty much the only highlight for the Blues, who gave up six consecutive goals en route to a 6-2 loss at Scottrade Center.

The Wild took a 3-1 lead after the first period, scoring the goals against Carter Hutton on just eight shots. Hutton had allowed only two goals combined in his last four games, stopping 121 of 123 shots.

Jake Allen replaced Hutton at the start of the second period but did not fare any better, giving up three goals on 12 shots over the final 40 minutes.

The Blues out-shot the Wild 37-20 in the game, including a 19-3 margin in the third period, when they scored their second goal, from Dmitrij Jaskin.

The Blues are still in third place in the Central Division with 67 points, but they only lead Dallas by one point and the Wild pulled within four points of the Blues with the win. Colorado, the Blues opponent on Thursday night, has 62 points and all of those teams chasing the Blues – the Stars, Wild and Avalanche – all have played fewer games than the Blues.