St. Louis Blues (32-27-5) at Minnesota Wild (42-15-6)
|Date & Time||Tuesday March 7, 2017, 8:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Minnesota Wild -160 / St. Louis Blues +150 --- Over/Under: 5
NHL hockey comes to the Xcel Energy Center when the St. Louis Blues visit the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday.
The St. Louis Blues were hot but have been fading the past few weeks and that is the last thing a playoff hopeful club needs. The Blues finally got in to the win column with a 3-0 victory at the Pepsi Center and the Colorado Avalanche which put an end to a five game slide. Paul Stasny led the St. Louis attack with a power play tally in the opening frame with Patrik Berglund and Kyle Brodziak also finding the back of the net. Jake Allen picked up his third shutout of the season and the Blues own the second Wild Card for now. Jeremy Smith absorbed the loss for the struggling Avalanche who are last in the NHL and are trying to be spoilers to the anybody fighting for playoff positioning.
The Minnesota Wild have two goals; win the Central Division by holding off the Chicago Blackhawks and emerging as the top seed in the Western Conference. The Wild took a step in the right direction following a 3-1 victory versus the visiting San Jose Sharks on Sunday that has the club sitting atop the Central by a mere one point over the hard charging Blackhawks. Eric Staal was the Minnesota offensive star with a pair of goals with Zach Parise also scoring in his first game back from the mumps. Devan Dubnyk recorded 20 stops for the Wild who now have 90 points. The San Jose offense came from Melker Karlsson but Martin Jones 25 saves was not enough as the Sharks three game winning streak came to a halt.
The under is 3-0-1 in Blues last 4 games playing on 1 days rest and the Blues are 5-1 in their last 6 games following a win while the Blues are 1-5 in their last 6 overall. The over is 21-3-3 in Wild last 27 games following a win and the over is 6-1 in Wild last 7 vs. Central while the Wild are 14-3 in their last 17 home games vs. a team with a losing road record. The home team is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings and the Blues are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings in Minnesota while the over is 3-1-2 in the last 6 meetings in Minnesota.
Minnesota has fared well in this match up and the over has been okay as well so I lean Wild until I see goalies…