Minnesota Wild vs. St. Louis Blues - 2/23/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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St. Louis Blues (35-17-10) at Minnesota Wild (29-24-7)
NHL Hockey: Sunday, February 23, 2020 at 7:30 pm (Xcel Energy Center)
The Line: Minnesota Wild +106 / St. Louis Blues -117 --- Over/Under: 5.5
The St. Louis Blues and Minnesota Wild meet Sunday in NHL action at the Xcel Energy Center.
The St. Louis Blues look for a win to build on their three-game winning streak. The St. Louis Blues are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 23.9 percent of their power play opportunities. David Perron leads St. Louis with 24 goals, Ryan O'Reilly has 43 assists and Alex Pietrangelo has 195 shots on goal. Defensively, the St. Louis Blues are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 80.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Jordan Binnington has allowed 112 goals on 1,259 shots and Jake Allen has allowed 44 goals on 568 shots. The St. Louis Blues have allowed three or more goals in 11 of their last 15 games.
The Minnesota Wild need a win after splitting their last six games. The Minnesota Wild are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 21.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Zach Parise leads Minnesota with 21 goals, Ryan Suter has 34 assists and Eric Staal has 105 shots on goal. Defensively, the Minnesota Wild are allowing 3.2 goals per game and are killing 75.1 percent of their opponents power plays. Devan Dubnyk has given up 85 goals on 797 shots faced and Alex Stalock has allowed 79 goals on 860 shots. The Minnesota Wild have allowed three or less goals in eight of their last nine games.
The Blues are 22-7 in their last 29 games following a win, 3-7 in their last 10 games as a favorite and 2-9 in their last 11 road games. The Wild are 4-1 in their last 5 games as an underdog, 7-2 in their last 9 vs. Western Conference and 0-5 in their last 5 Sunday games. The over is 4-1-1 in Blues last 6 road games. The under is 4-1-1 in Wild last 6 home games. The under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
The St. Louis Blues seem to have gotten out of their funk, but they have yet to sustain that success on the road and have still been losers the last couple of weeks in the favorite role. The Minnesota Wild are hit or miss at times, but the defensive effort is there consistently and they've won six of the last nine meetings against the Blues. I'm still on the fence a bit about the Blues turning everything around and things being fine again in St. Louis. Give me the Wild and the slight plus money at home.