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#63 St. Louis Blues -125 vs.
#64 Minnesota Wild 5.5
Sunday, February 23, 2020 at 7:35pm EST
Xcel Energy Center, St Paul
Written by Valdis Pans

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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 Row

The 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 Straight

The 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.

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St. Louis’ recent run of two wins in 12 outings has finally been snapped, with the team having now posted three consecutive victories and ready to continue in similar fashion. The Wild are riding a two-game triumph run themselves, but have found more luck on the road lately, with their domestic form regressing somewhat. Minnesota has only managed to win one of its past four home games, while also dropping two of its previous three decisions in St. Paul versus the Blues. St. Louis, meanwhile, has impressively gone 10-1 on the last 11 occasions when playing the last night of a 3-games-in-4-days scenario, beating the Wild in three of the past four head-to-head encounters as well.

Prediction: St. Louis Blues (-115)

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Four of the previous five overall contests between the Wild and the Blues have gone well below the set goal-mark, averaging just 3.75 snipes per matchup. So, another low-scoring game is definitely on the cards here! After netting no less than five markers in its previous outing, St. Louis has already cruised under the total on eight of the past 12 occasions, while four of the last six domestic contests of the Wild have all delivered just a modest amount of goals, with an average of four tallies scored per game.

Prediction: Under 5.5
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Written By Valdis Pans

Valdis got his first ever article published when he was 13, and has rarely stopped. He has worked for FHM, MTV Baltics and has done loads of freelance (from columns for Cosmopolitan magazine to helping with organization of Macy Gray's shows in the Northern Europe). Speaks five different languages, loves pizza, American Horror Story and pipe organ music, and knows European soccer better than dates of his family members' birthdays. Is an avid fan of ice-hockey too. He is a Latvian after all...