Minnesota Wild vs. St. Louis Blues - 2/23/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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St. Louis Blues (35-17-10) at Minnesota Wild (29-24-7)
NHL Hockey: Sunday, February 23, 2020 at 7:30 pm (Xcel Energy Center)
The Line: Minnesota Wild -105 / St. Louis Blues -115 --- Over/Under: 5.5
The St. Louis Blues and the Minnesota Wild meet in NHL action from the Xcel Energy Center on Sunday night.
The St. Louis Blues will look to add to their current three-game winning streak after a 5-1 win over Dallas last time out. Alex Steen opened the scoring for St. Louis just under six minutes into the game before David Perron doubled the lead with just under three minutes to go in the opening frame. Jordan Kyrou pushed the lead to 3-0 before Jaden Schwartz added a 4th goal just 2:21 later. Colton Parayko made it 5-0 early in the 3rd, but Dallas would pull a consolation goal back with just under four minutes to go as the Blues held on for the win. Jake Allen got the win to improve to 9-6-3 on the year after stopping 18 of 19 shots faced in the winning effort.
The Minnesota Wild will also look to build on back-to-back wins after a 5-3 win over Edmonton last time out. Edmonton opened the scoring just :50 into the game before Kevin Fiala tied the game at one later in the 1st. Edmonton restored the lead with just under seven minutes to go in the opening frame before Carson Soucy tied the game at two just under six minutes into the 2nd. Edmonton restored the lead just 2:13 later, but Jared Spurgeon tied the game at three just past the half way point of the 2nd and made it 4-3 with his 2nd goal of the game. Spurgeon completed his hat trick on an empty net in the dying moments as the Wild cashed in on the victory. Alex Stalock got the win to improve to 15-9-4 on the year after stopping 23 of 26 shots faced in the winning effort.
St. Louis is 2-9 in their last 11 road games and 19-7 in their last 8 games against a team with a losing record while the over is 8-3-1 in their last 11 division games. Minnesota is 5-1 in their last 6 division games and 0-5 in their last 5 Sunday games while the over is 6-2-1 in their last 9 games following a win. The under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.
I get why the Wild and the low line would be tempting, especially because of how well Minnesota has played at home this season. However, the Blues are starting to pick up momentum again and are starting to pick up their play when they need it most as the Blues are coming in winners of three straight. St. Louis hasn’t been great on the road, but I think the Blues rectify that issues here and take down the Wild on the road, so I’ll lay the juice with St. Louis here.