Monday’s game between the Minnesota Wild and St Louis Blues has been postponed, following the fatal shooting of Daunte Wright, a 20-year old African American man, by police in the Minneapolis suburb of Brooklyn Center on Sunday night.
— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) April 12, 2021
Minnesota Wild vs St Louis Blues Postponed
The NHL has announced its decision to reschedule Minnesota’s home game against the Blues. This action is out of respect for the tragic event that occurred yesterday. It is also likely that the decision was taken as a safety precaution after civil unrest broke out after the shooting.
Minnesota’s Major League Baseball team, the Minnesota Twins became the first team to postpone its game against the Boston Red Sox just moments before the first pitch. Other professional sports teams joined later, including the Wild and Blues and the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Brooklyn Nets of the National Basketball Association.
Right now in Minneapolis, the trial of former police officer Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd in May 2020 is currently ongoing. Therefore the painful memories of that event and its subsequent fallout are fresh in the minds of the Twin Cities citizens.
Current Context In The West Division
Minnesota is in third place in the West Division, seven points ahead of St Louis in the final playoff spot. These two teams have only played it each other three times this year. There are five more meetings between them over the final four weeks of the regular season.
Both teams decided to stand pat at the deadline. For a while, St Louis looked like a potential seller this year after struggling for consistency. But after the injury to Robert Thomas, they decided to hold on to their chips for the stretch run. Minnesota, meanwhile, has outperformed expectations. Although general manager Bill Guerin has decided to stay the course on their retool. As a result, he avoids surrendering draft picks for a big playoff push.