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Arizona Coyotes vs. St. Louis Blues - 3/29/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
St. Louis Blues (41-28-6) at Arizona Coyotes (27-40-9)
Date & Time Wednesday March 29, 2017, 10:30 PM (EDT)
Location Unknown Location Unknown Address
The Line
The Line: Arizona Coyotes +157 / St. Louis Blues -174 --- Over/Under: 5
TV Channel
FS-Arizona
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The St. Louis Blues and Arizona Coyotes finish off their home-and-home series in a Wednesday NHL hockey bout.

The St. Louis Blues are a team that is gritty and methodical which are great qualities to have over the long NHL hockey season. The Blues have been heating up at the perfect time with the postseason just around the corner with victories in ten of 12 contests after downing the visiting Arizona Coyotes by a 4-1 count on Monday night. St. Louis was strong at both ends of the ice which has usually been the case when facing the Coyotes which they have defeated in ten straight.

The balanced  offense  of  the  Blues  produced  a  pair  of  goals  off  the  stick  of Jaden  Schwartz  who  has  lit  the  lamp  four  times  in  the  last  four  games. Vladimir  Tarasenko  and  Alex  Pietrangelo  also  joined  the  scoring  column  while Alexander  Steen  posted  four  assists.  Jake  Allen recorded  21 stops  to  pick  up  the  win  and  helped  St.  Louis  climb  within  a  point  of  the  third  place  Nashville  Predators  in  the  Central  Division. 

The Coyotes lone goal came from Anthony DeAngelo just over a minute in to the third period which temporarily got Zona back in the game at 2-1. Mike Smith managed 24 saves but for whatever reason, the Blues have fared well in this match up and have won ten in a row and 16 of 18 overall. The Coyotes are in a bit of a funk as they have dropped six of seven.

The under is 5-0-2 in Blues last 7 vs. Pacific and the under is 12-1-3 in Blues last 16 games playing on 1 days rest while the under is 6-1-1 in Blues last 8 road games. The under is 4-0 in Coyotes last 4 vs. Central and the Coyotes are 0-7 in their last 7 Wednesday games while the under is 5-0 in Coyotes last 5 vs. a team with a winning record. The Blues are 8-0 in the last 8 meetings in Arizona and the over is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings in Arizona while Blues are 23-7 in the last 30 meetings. 

I don’t think the Coyotes can be overlooked here but the numbers favor the Blues and the over so for the time being I lean St. Louis with goalies pending…

Pick:
St. Louis -.5 // will update

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