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Minnesota Wild vs. St. Louis Blues - 12/2/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

St. Louis Blues (17-8-1) at Minnesota Wild (12-10-3)

NHL Hockey: Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 6:00 pm (Xcel Energy Center)

The Line: Minnesota Wild / St. Louis Blues --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: FSMW, FSN

The St. Louis Blues and Minnesota Wild meet Saturday in NHL action at the Xcel Energy Center.

The St. Louis Blues look for a victory here after splitting their last 10 games. The St. Louis Blues are averaging 3.4 goals per game and are scoring on 17.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Jaden Schwartz leads St. Louis with 13 goals, Brayden Schenn has 20 assists and Vladimir Tarasenko has 108 shots on goal. Defensively, the St. Louis Blues are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 75.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Jake Allen has given up 54 goals on 582 shots faced and Carter Hutton has allowed nine goals on 168 shots. The St. Louis Blues have allowed three or more goals in five of their last six games.

Minnesota Wild vs. St. Louis Blues - 12/2/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Minnesota Wild could use a spark of consistency after splitting their last eight games. The Minnesota Wild are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 23.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Jason Zucker leads Minnesota with 13 goals, Eric Staal has 13 assists and Mikael Granlund has 50 shots on goal. Defensively, the Minnesota Wild are allowing three goals per game and are killing 82.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Devan Dubnyk has given up 52 goals on 592 shots faced and Alex Stalock has allowed 20 goals on 208 shots. The Minnesota Wild have allowed three or more goals in six of their last eight games.

The Blues are 10-4 in their last 14 vs. Western Conference, 84-37 in their last 121 Saturday games and 23-6 in their last 29 games playing on 0 days rest. The Wild are 4-1 in their last 5 home games, 4-9 in their last 13 Saturday games and 2-5 in their last 7 vs. Central. The Blues are 4-0 in the last 4 meetings in Minnesota, 6-1 in the last 7 meetings and the under is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.

The Blues have won six of the last seven games against the Wild, including a 6-3 contest just last week. St. Louis has scored a combined 10 goals in the last two meetings against Minnesota. The Blues have also had zero problem winning on the end of a back to back. Those are two strong trends in the favor of the Blues, so I'll side with the road team in this spot. 

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