NHL Picks: Wild vs. Blues

Ross Benjamin

Monday, November 25, 2013 2:12 PM UTC

Monday, Nov. 25, 2013 2:12 PM UTC

The Blues host the Wild at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis Missouri. The NHL odds are out; where will be placing our money for this matchup?

According to NHL betting odds St. Louis is a -160 money line home favorite and the total is 5.5. Tonight’s game pits two red-hot clubs squaring off. The Blues are on a 3-game win streak, and have won 11 of their last 14-games. The Wild have won 6 of their last 7, and 12 of their last 15-games. St. Louis is 5-0 in their last 5-games versus Minnesota. These two clubs have seen just 6 of their last 21 meetings go over the total.

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Blues a Blazing

Saying that the St. Louis Blues are off to a great start to the season may be a vast understatement. The Blues have lost just 3 of their first 22-games in regulation time, including just 1 of those coming in their first 13 at home. The Blues average 3.5 goals per game which is 2nd best in the NHL. They possess the top power play in the league converting on 25.6% of their chances. The Blues don’t shy away from the physical aspect of the game as well as they’re 3rd in the NHL with 344 penalty minutes. The top line of Alexander Steen, David Backes, and T.J. Oshie has been terrific. The trio has accounted for a combined 31-goals, 38-assists, and 69-points. Steen is tied for 3rd in the NHL scoring race with 27-points just 3-points behind the league leader Sidney Crosby. The goaltending tandem of Jaroslav Halak and Brian Elliot has proven to be a very formidable pair.

It’s Wild in Minnesota

The Minnesota Wild is off to the best start in franchise history. They’ve earned at least 1-point in 19 of their first 24-games this season, including just losing 5 of those first 24 in regulation time. They’ve been a stout defensive club allowing just 2.2 goals per game which is 6th best in the NHL, and average allowing a league best just 25.3 shots on goal per game. The Wild #1 goaltender Josh Harding has quietly put together a tremendous start to the season. In 18 starts Harding has an excellent 1.48 GAA and a .939 save percentage.

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NHL Totals Super Angle

Any home team coming off a win by 5-goals or more, versus an opponent coming off an overtime win has seen 29 of those 37-games (78.4%) go under the total since the beginning of the 1996-1997 year. Add the UNDER to your NHL picks.

NHL Pick: Minnesota/St. Louis Under 5.5 

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