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Minnesota Wild vs. St. Louis Blues - 2/17/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

St. Louis Blues at Minnesota Wild
Date & Time Sunday February 17, 2019, 3:00 PM (EST)
Xcel Energy Center
Saint Paul, Minnesota
The Line
The Line: St. Louis Blues +104 / Minnesota Wild -124 -- Over/Under: 5.5
TV Channel
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The St. Louis Blues and Minnesota Wild meet Sunday in NHL action at the Xcel Energy Center.

The St. Louis Blues look for another win to build on their nine-game winning streak. The St. Louis Blues are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 18.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Vladimir Tarasenko leads St. Louis with 24 goals, Ryan O'Reilly has 36 assists and David Perron has 85 shots on goal. Defensively, the St. Louis Blues are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 79.1 percent of their opponents power plays. Jake Allen has given up 103 goals on 1,007 shots faced and Jordan Binnington has allowed 24 goals on 349 shots. The St. Louis Blues have allowed a combined three goals in their last three games.

The Minnesota Wild could use a win after losing seven of their last eight games. The Minnesota Wild are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 21.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Zach Parise leads Minnesota with 23 goals, Mikael Granlund has 34 assists and Eric Staal has 163 shots on goal. Defensively, the Minnesota Wild are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 81.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Devan Dubnyk has given up 123 goals on 1,349 shots faced and Alex Stalock has allowed 36 goals on 332 shots. The Minnesota Wild have allowed three or more goals in six of their last eight games.

The Blues are 7-2 in their last 9 games as a road underdog, 6-0 in their last 6 road games and 5-2 in their last 7 games as an underdog. The Wild are 1-5 in their last 6 games as a favorite, 0-4 in their last 4 home games and 1-7 in their last 8 overall. The under is 3-1-1 in Blues last 5 road games. The over is 5-2 in Wild last 7 overall. The Blues are 0-5 in the last 5 meetings and the over is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.

We're getting plus money with a team that's won nine straight games and has produced back-to-back shutouts. To make matters worse, the Minnesota Wild have fallen off a cliff the past couple of weeks and can't keep the puck out of the back of the net. Sure, the Wild have gotten the best of the Blues in past meetings, and they're catching them on the end of a back to back with a quick turnaround. Still, we're getting the much hotter team at plus money. I can't pass up that value. 

St. Louis Blues +104

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