This is a pretty significant feat- one that I thought was very unlikely for the Wild to pull off. Not just because the Blues are deep. Not just because they were arguably the best team in the Western Conference. But because I truly believed that St. Louis was the worst matchup possible for the Minnesota Wild.
Yes, and no.
For sure, no other team should be able to bully the Minnesota Wild, nor are as well-suited to bottle up their deep offensive attack like the Blues. The Wild, as mentioned, have also played Chicago pretty well in recent history. The Wild not only took Chicago to within an overtime of a Game 7 last season, they did it while matching Chicago blow-for-blow in terms of the underlying numbers. This season, we've seen games where the Wild ran, well, Wild all over the Blackhawks, out-chancing them heavily.
So, be happy, Wild fans. Be optimistic- no one could blame you. Have confidence in your team. But if you think the Wild can easily handle either of those teams, do so at your own risk. The Wild can get to the Stanley Cup but it's never, ever, ever going to be easy. Even if you vanquish your biggest threat in Round 1.