St. Louis Blues (14-6-2) at Minnesota Wild (12-9-0)
|Date & Time||Saturday November 29, 2014, 8:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Minnesota Wild -125 / St. Louis Blues +114 --- Over/Under: 5
The Blues and Wild meet up in Minnesota on Saturday night less than 24 hours after both teams netted victories on Friday night against the Oilers and Stars, respectively.
The St. Louis Blues needed overtime to upend the Oilers on home ice last night but in the process were able to record their 15th victory of the season keeping them in the chase in the Central division. The Blues are one of the most complete teams in the NHL and while they still receive some criticism for not having enough offensive firepower they have more than enough defensive talent and great goaltending to make up for it and their style seems to be working for them. The Blues have been great since the puck dropped back in early October and they should be right in the mix again this season and a victory on the road here against a very good Minnesota Wild team would go a long ways in establishing St. Louis as a contender as Minny is spectacular at home. Jake Allen will get the call between the pipes for the Blues as he will go up against Nicklas Backstrom for Minnesota.
The Wild played in one of the most exciting games of the season last night in Dallas as the teams exchanged punches all night long but it was the visiting Wild who escaped with the victory and now have some momentum heading back home to face the Blues. Minny has long been considered one of the best home teams in hockey and so far through nine games they sit at 7-2 and have played the part of Western Conference power house at the Xcel Energy Center but still need to find some consistency on the road. This shapes up to be one of the better games of the night as both teams ate strong defensively and both are coming off of victories last night and while I think the Blues are getting great value here and it is rare to see them as a dog I think the Wild are just as good and being at home here at a reasonable price isn't something I can pass on.