St. Louis Blues vs. Minnesota Wild - 10/13/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Minnesota Wild (0-0-0) at St. Louis Blues (1-0-0)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, October 13, 2016 at 8:00 pm (Scottrade Center)
The Line: St. Louis Blues / Minnesota Wild --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Minnesota Wild and St. Louis Blues meet Thursday in a interesting NHL matchup at the Scottrade Center.
The Minnesota Wild have made the playoffs in four straight seasons and hope to keep that trend going under new coach Bruce Boudreau. The Wild should have little trouble finding offensive success with the addition of Eric Staal to go along with two 20-goal scorers in Zach Parise and Charlie Coyle. Staal will soon be 32 years old and should have a big chip on his shoulder with many writing him off and after a letdown season last year. Having one of the better two-way players in Ryan Suter also helps the Wild’s chances. The Wild also return a goaltending duo of Darcy Kuemper and Devan Dubnyk, a combination that had Minnesota ranked ninth in the NHL in goals allowed per game. The Minnesota Wild have the pieces to make another playoff run but the message has been made loud and clear with the firing of Mike Yeo.
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The St. Louis Blues hope to build on their impressive 4-2 road victory over the Chicago Blackhawks. The Blues scored two goals in the second and third periods to pull away and got 17 saves from goalie Jake Allen. Vladimir Tarasenko led St. Louis with two goals, while Kevin Shattenkirk had two assists and Jori Lehtera had four shots on goal. The Blues had nine players with at least two shots on goal, an offensive attack that will get them places if it can continue. The St. Louis Blues now have a quick turnaround but will be pleased to open things up at home with two points already in the standings. The Blues have won five of their last seven regular season home games.
The Wild are 0-9 in their last 9 games playing on 3 or more days rest and 1-4 in their last 5 road games. The Blues are 5-0 in their last 5 games playing on 0 days rest and 1-4 in their last 5 home games. The Wild are 4-9 in the last 13 meetings in St. Louis and the over is 5-2-6 in the last 13 meetings.
The home team has won four of the last six meetings between these two teams, and the Blues have won three of the last four overall against the Wild. There's a lot of pressure on the Minnesota Wild to take that next step, but I think there's an advantage to having a game already under your belt and it helps when that game is a victory over a quality team. I give the St. Louis Blues the edge here at home.