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Detroit Red Wings vs. St. Louis Blues - 12/9/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

St. Louis Blues (19-8-2) at Detroit Red Wings (11-12-5)
Date & Time Saturday December 9, 2017, 1:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Detroit Red Wings +135 / St. Louis Blues -149 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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NHL action comes to Little Caesars Arena where the Detroit Red Wings host the St. Louis Blues.

The St. Louis Blues are looking for a hot streak and they have set the foundation with consecutive victories following a 3-0 win versus the Dallas Stars  on Thursday. St. Louis never let the Dallas offense breathe with solid special teams play sparking the offense. Colton Parayko and Brayden Schenn each scored on the power play for a 2-0 advantage heading to the third.

Vladimir Tarasenko scored in to the empty net to secure the two points for the Blues while Vladimir Sobotka added a pair of helpers to make Jake Allen’s 29 saves a winner and lift him to his 16th career shutout. Kari Lehtonen absorbed the loss for the Stars with a 24 save effort.

The Detroit Red Wings want to string together a few wins to climb up the standings. Detroit had suffered through seven consecutive defeats before upending the visiting Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday. The Red Wings had been struggling at both ends of the ice before reversing the trend for a night.  The Jets saw Patrik Laine score in the second period for his 14th of the year but the team is winless in their last three away from home as Connor Hellebuyck was charged with all five goals on 32 shots. 

The slumping Red Wings dominated all areas with Gustav Nyqvist leading the attack with a pair of goals with Darren Helm, Justin Abdelkader and David Booth also getting in to the win column. Nyqvist completed a three point performance with an assist while Jimmy Howard recorded 25 stops to help Detroit end a seven game slide.

Over is 4-0 in Blues last 4 after allowing 2 goals or less in their previous game and under is 4-1 in Blues last 5 overall and over is 4-1 in Blues last 5 vs. a team with a losing record. Over is 4-0 in Red Wings last 4 vs. Central and Red Wings are 1-7 in their last 8 overall and over is 5-1 in Red Wings last 6 vs. Western Conference. Under is 5-0 in the last 5 meetings in Detroit and road team is 10-1 in the last 11 meetings and under is 8-1 in the last 9 meetings.  

The road team has been dominant in this matchup although these teams don’t play often. I’ll ride that trend for now…

St. Louis -149 // will update

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