Two teams, both currently riding two separate winning streaks, are set to face off against each other, as the St. Louis Blues (1st in Central Division) are paying a visit to the Minnesota Wild (6th in Central).
Blues Win Third In RowThe newest winning run of the St. Louis Blues (35-17-10) stretched out to three contests after the reigning Stanley Cup champions started a mini two-game road trip with a 5-1 victory against the Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center on Friday. Colton Parayko (7 goals, 23 points this year) picked up a snipe and two assists, as the Blues have now improved to a 5-5-2 record in their last 12 outings, currently sitting at the top of the Central Division with 80 points from 62 fixtures, one point ahead of the 2nd-placed Colorado Avalanche and four in front of the 3rd-placed Stars.
Goalie Jake Allen stopped 18 shots in Dallas, going 9-6-3 for the season with a 2.29 GAA and a .923 save percentage. He has registered an 8-4-2 previous total versus Minnesota with a 2.60 GAA and a .906 save percentage, while Jordan Binnington (26-11-7 on the year with a 2.60 GAA and a .911 save percentage) has gone 2-0-0 against the Wild in the past with a 0.50 GAA and a .985 save percentage. The Blues are 13th in most goals scored per game (3.15), 8th in least goals allowed on average (2.74), 3rd best in power play (23.8%) and 16th in penalty kill (80.2%).
Wild Triumph In Two StraightThe Wild (29-24-7) recorded two consecutive road victories after following up Wednesday’s 4-3 shootout win against the Vancouver Canucks with a 5-3 triumph over the Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Place on Friday. Jared Spurgeon (10 goals, 28 points this year) collected his first NHL career hat trick, as the Wild have now gone 6-2-1 in their last nine outings. The team sits 6th in the Central Division with 65 points from 60 contests, trailing a playoff spot in the Western Conference by four points, but with three matchups in hand.
Goalie Alex Stalock made 23 saves in Edmonton, taking his current performance total to 15-9-4 for the year with a 2.69 GAA and a .908 save percentage. He has posted a 0-1-1 previous record against the St. Louis Blues with a 4.11 GAA and a .840 save percentage. The Wild, meanwhile, are scoring the 16th highest number of goals per game (3.05), while conceding the 7th highest quantity on the defensive end (3.17). They are 10th in power play with a 21.5% success rate and 28th in penalty kill with 75.4% proficiency.
St. Louis (according to Covers.com)
- Blues are 10-1 in their last 11 in the third game of a 3-in-4 situation.
- Blues are 22-7 in their last 29 games following a win.
Minnesota (according to Covers.com)
- Wild are 0-5 in their last 5 Sunday games.
- Wild are 1-4 in their last 5 after scoring 5 goals or more in their previous game.