Wild vs. Blues - 3/21/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
St. Louis Blues (45-20-6) at Minnesota Wild (39-25-7)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 2:00 pm (Xcel Energy Center)
The Line: Minnesota Wild -116 / St. Louis Blues +105 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSMW, FSN, NHL
The St. Louis Blues and Minnesota Wild play Saturday afternoon at the Xcel Energy Center.
The St. Louis Blues look for a win after winning five of their last seven. The Blues are averaging three goals per game and have scored eight goals in their last three games. The St. Louis Blues have one power play goal in their last five games and have won four straight when scoring at least three goals. Vladimir Tarasenko leads St. Louis with 34 goals, Jaden Schwartz has 30 assists and David Backes has 164 shots on goal. Defensively, the Blues are allowing 2.4 goals per game and haven’t allowed a power play goal in five straight games. Brian Elliott has allowed 79 goals on 1,040 shots faced and Jake Allen has given up 69 goals on 736 shots.
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The Minnesota Wild need a win after splitting their last six games. The Wild are averaging 2.8 goals per game and have scored eight goals in their last three games. The Minnesota Wild have two power play goals in their last four games and have won 14 straight when scoring at least three goals. Zach Parise leads the Wild with 27 goals, Thomas Vanek has 29 assists and Nino Niederreiter has 132 shots on goal. Defensively, the Wild are allowing 2.5 goals per game and haven’t allowed a power play goal in five straight games. Darcy Kuemper has allowed 65 goals on 675 shots faced and Niklas Backstrom has given up 51 goals on 452 shots.
The Blues are 63-28 in their last 91 games playing on 1 days rest and 12-4 in their last 16 road games. The Wild are 12-4 in their last 16 games playing on 1 days rest and 5-1 in their last 6 vs. Central. The Blues are 5-1 in the last 6 meetings in Minnesota and 10-2 in the last 12 meetings overall.
The Blues have domianted the Wild over the years, and they're playing better hockey as of late. I like the road team and the plus money here.