Former Blues enforcer and co-host of The Hardline Cam Janssen joined The Ryan Kelley Morning After on Wednesday to preview the Blues-Wild series and discuss the Blues’ chances to sweep the Wild in Game 4 of the opening round of the playoffs.
On the chances the Blues sweep tonight in Game 4 at home:
“Whoever scores the first goal is probably going to win. If (the Blues) score first, we’re hitting them…and all of a sudden Tarasenko comes down and scores, that’s absolutely demoralizing for (The Wild). If we come out sluggish…and they get a couple shots on goal and sneak one by, then it’s a different story. And if they win, it’s a different series. Our defense right now is playing a ton…they’re working really hard. We need to win this damn game.”
Do the players hate the late 8:45 p.m. start as a lot of people seem to dislike?
“Yeah, but it’s a factor for both teams. Both teams are tired, they’re both playing at the same time. Those are really long days. You have that extra two hours, you’re sitting there watching TV. It’s just a long, drawn-out day for both teams. At least the Blues are at home and can relax a bit more. If you’re sitting in a hotel, (you’re just flipping through the channels waiting to get to the rink).”
Who has outplayed the other team?
Do you feel better if you’re the Wild then?
“I think it’s frustrating one way or the other, but they feel better about themselves knowing they’ve outplayed the Blues in longer stretches than they’ve gotten outplayed. (It’s so frustrating when you run into a hot goaltender like Jake Allen).”