Minnesota Wild vs. St. Louis Blues - 4/26/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
St. Louis Blues (53-27-7) at Minnesota Wild (49-30-8)
NHL Hockey: Sunday, April 26, 2015 at 3:00 pm (Xcel Energy Center)
The Line: Minnesota Wild -141 / St. Louis Blues +115 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
The Minnesota Wild look to close out their series with the St Louis Blues on Sunday afternoon.
Fans of the St Louis Blues have to be concerned as their team was one of the elite in the Western Conference yet find themselves on the brink of elimination. The Blues dropped game five at the Scottrade Center by a 4-1 count as their offense once again stalled and their defense was subpar on top of that. The result is a 3-2 series deficit with game six scheduled for Sunday at the Excel Energy Center. Vladimir Tarasenko gave the Blues gave St Louis a 1-0 lead in the first with a power play tally at around the eight minute mark but that was it for the offense. That wasn’t enough for goalie Jake Allen who recorded just 15 saves.
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The Minnesota Wild rebounded from a poor effort in game four to dominate both ends of the ice at St Louis on Friday to take a 3-2 series lead with a chance to end the series on home ice and advance to the Western Conference semifinals. The Wild broke open a tight contest with a pair of second period goals before turning the game over to their defense and Devan Dubnyk. Minnesota showed no ill effects of their 6-1 pounding in game four with Dubnyk coming up with a hefty 36 saves to get the win. The Wild received goals from Nino Niederreiter, Marco Scandella, Mikko Koivu and Charlie Coyle. The defense must keep a close eye on Tarasenko in game six who has six goals for St Louis.
The Blues are 4-0 in their last 4 when their opponent allows 2 goals or less in their previous game and are 4-0 in their last 4 after scoring 2 goals or less in their previous game while going 5-0 in their last 5 games following a home loss of 3 or more goals. The Over is 3-0-1 in Wild last 4 when their opponent scores 2 goals or less in their previous game and is 3-0-1 in Wild last 4 after allowing 2 goals or less in their previous game while going 4-0-3 in Wild last 7 games following a win. The over is 4-1-2 in the last 7 meetings and is 3-1-2 in the last 6 meetings in Minnesota while the Blues are 13-6 in the last 19 meetings. The Blues have done