Wild at Blues - 4/16/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Minnesota Wild (46-28-8) at St. Louis Blues (51-24-7)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, April 16, 2015 at 9:30 pm (Scottrade Center)
The Line: St. Louis Blues -139 / Minnesota Wild +126 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
The Minnesota Wild and St. Louis Blues meet Thursday in the first round of the playoffs.
The Minnesota Wild ended the season splitting their last eight games. The Wild are averaging 2.8 goals and have scored eight goals in their last three games. The Minnesota Wild have three power play goals in their last five games and have won 18 straight when scoring at least three goals. Zach Parise leads Minnesota with 33 goals, Thomas Vanek has 31 assists and Nino Niederreiter has 149 shots on goal. Defensively, the Wild are allowing 2.4 goals and have allowed a power play goal in four of their last six games. Darcy Kuemper has allowed 68 goals on 718 shots on goal and Niklas Backstrom has given up 51 goals on 452 shots.
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The St. Louis Blues ended the season winning five of their last six games. The Blues are averaging 2.9 goals and have scored six goals in their last three games. The St. Louis Blues have three power play goals in their last four games and have won four straight when scoring at least three goals. Vladimir Tarasenko leads St. Louis with 37 goals, Jaden Schwartz has 35 assists and David Backes has 183 shots on goal. Defensively, the Blues are allowing 2.4 goals and haven’t allowed a power play goal in seven of their last eight games. Brian Elliott has allowed 96 goals on 1,150 shots faced and Jake Allen has given up 79 goals on 909 shots.
The Wild are 4-1 in their last 5 Conference Quarterfinals games and 19-7 in their last 26 vs. Western Conference. The Blues are 5-1 in their last 6 vs. Western Conference and 0-4 in their last 4 Conference Quarterfinals games. The Wild are 1-6 in the last 7 meetings in St. Louis and 3-11 in the last 14 meetings overall.
The Blues caught fire to end the regular season and have beaten Minnesota in six of the last seven games in St. Louis. I like the home team to get the job done in game one.