Wild vs. Blues - 3/6/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
St. Louis Blues (37-20-9) at Minnesota Wild (31-25-10)
NHL Hockey: Sunday, March 6, 2016 at 8:00 pm (Xcel Energy Center)
The Line: Minnesota Wild / St. Louis Blues --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The St. Louis Blues and Minnesota Wild square off Sunday night at the Xcel Energy Center.
The St. Louis Blues look to keep rolling after winning 12 of their last 19 games. The St. Louis Blues are averaging 2.5 goals per game and are scoring on 21.8 percent of their power plays. Vladimir Tarasenko leads St. Louis with 30 goals, Alexander Steen has 30 assists and David Backes has 135 shots on goal. Defensively, the St. Louis Blues are allowing 2.4 goals per game and are killing 86.3 percent of their power play chances. Jake Allen has allowed 81 goals on 1,036 shots faced and Brian Elliott has given up 65 goals on 920 shots. Allen has allowed nine goals in his last three games.
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The Minnesota Wild look to stay hot after winning eight of their last 11 games. The Minnesota Wild are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 18.9 percent of their power plays. Charlie Coyle leads Minnesota with 21 goals, Zach Parise has 21 assists and Thomas Vanek has 127 shots on goal. Defensively, the Minnesota Wild are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 76.7 percent of their power play chances. Devan Dubnyk has allowed 117 goals on 1,428 shots faced and Darcy Kuemper has given up 35 goals on 428 shots. Dubnyk has allowed five goals in his last three games.
The Blues are 6-1 in their last 7 road games and 4-9 in their last 13 games playing on 3 or more days rest. The Wild are 2-8 in their last 10 vs. a team with a winning record and 5-0 in their last 5 vs. Western Conference. The Blues are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings in Minnesota.
The Minnesota Wild have found their groove as of late and are catching a Blues team that hasn't faired well recently with an extended rest. Add the fact the Wild have beaten the Blues in four of the last six meetings, and I like the home team.