Minnesota Wild

Predators rested, ready to face Blues in surprising semi

The Nashville Predators finally get a new opponent in the postseason after their surprising sweep of the Western Conference's No. 1 seed.

Their reward?

The St. Louis Blues, fresh off downing the West's second-best team with a 4-1 series victory over the Minnesota Wild that was as stunning as Nashville's sweep. St. Louis coach Mike Yeo said he is well aware of the Blues' next challenge.

"It's pretty easy for us to look at what happened in the last series and not underestimate that opponent," Yeo said after St. Louis clinched its opening-round series over Minnesota. "So they're a great team and that's life in the Central Division for you, and the...