Grab Wild -107 Against Injured Blues As Your Winning NHL Pick For Sunday

Dana Lane

Sunday, March 6, 2016 2:40 PM UTC

Sunday, Mar. 6, 2016 2:40 PM UTC

Despite all their injuries, Blues are just two points out of the Central Division lead. They face the Wild who are continuing their resurgence under new leadership. See my NHL pick here. 

St. Louis Blues vs. Minnesota Wild
You can be sure that bettors will be in line to bet the Blues tomorrow and why not, St. Louis has had a long four day layoff with the Wild playing yesterday in a hard fought win in the road in Buffalo. Let's not get caught in the trap of common sense here. Common sense builds a lot of shiny buildings in the desert. 

Since John Torchetti took over for Mike Yeo in Minnesota the Wild have won four straight games and 8 of their last 10. More impressive was the manner in which they won Saturday, on the road, having to come from behind. Yes, I know it's Buffalo but the Wild gave every indication that their focus was clearly on the Blues so don't take their close win as anything other than the Wild fixated on St.Louis. 

The return of defensemen Jonas Brodin gives the Wild more depth and a D-man who get make a quick pass to a forward out of the defensive zone. He adds another dimension to a defensive unit that is playing extremely well in front of Devan Dubnyk. 

Ryan Suter has six points in his last five games. He has had a fantastic season with very few weaknesses. 

Marco Scandella has a mini streak of two points in three games but also brings an aggressive nature to the position. 

Dubnyk has won his last two with a  1.44 goals against and a .944 save percentage. 

Ken Hitchcock had a double practice Thursday, gave the players Friday off, and a slightly longer practice Saturday. The Blues were solid against Carolina and Ottawa but let's see how they handle some time off which seems to be a concern for Hitchcock.  Most coaches would rather that the seasons momentum continue rather than having a big break. 


Betting Analysis
Recently in this situation the Blues have not faired well when receiving three days off or more, generating a 4-9 record. They haven't been much better when playing at the Xcel Energy Center with a 1-4 record in their last five. 

Jake Allen will start in goal for the Blues but he did leave Saturday's practice early and wasn't present in the dressing room. Ken Hitchcock said it was nothing and he will start. Sounds like something. 

Some fans were not happy with the Blues sitting by while other teams in the Central made trade deadline moves. With two games left against the Capitals we shall get an idea if their choice to sit back puts them close to the perceived Presidents Cup Trophy winners or prove the fans right. 

As impressive as the Blues record is in the NHL odds boards, with all the one goal games they've played, they easily could be a .500 team especially with all their injuries and their inability to hold a lead. I like the Wild to continue their surge at home. They are my NHL pick for tonight's game. @DanaLaneSports

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Free NHL Pick: Minnesota Wild -107
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