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Blues visit Minnesota Wild in NHL clash

St. Louis Blues

Minnesota Wild
26-7-5 December 31, 2013, 06:00 PM | Xcel Energy Center 20-16-5

St. Louis pays a visit to Minnesota on Tuesday, hoping to shut down the Wild snipers in hockey action at Xcel Energy Center.

Minnesota will face the 26-7-5 Blues. In totals betting, the Wild are 12-20-9 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Blues are 20-14-4 favoring the OVER.

View St. Louis Blues vs Minnesota Wild Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to back visiting St. Louis before puck drop in this match found them as -126-moneyline favorites at 5Dimes. They saw an opening total of 5, ccording to BetOnline.

The Wild sit at No. 27 in the current NHL power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Blues sit at a No. 3 on the same chart.

In their last action, St. Louis was a 3-2 winner on the road against the Stars. Bettors on St. Louis at +100 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (5) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well.

Minnesota lost its last outing, a 5-4 result against the Islanders on December 29. Bettors who backed the Islanders at +190 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (9) sent OVER bettors to the payout window.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Minnesota's No. 28-ranked offense (2.34 goals per game) against a Blues defense that ranks No. 7 at 2.42 goals per game allowed. The Wild powerplay has clicked at a 19.38% rate while the Blues have a 83.7% rate on the penalty kill.

A few Blues at Wild trends to consider:
St. Louis is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of St. Louis's last 6 games
St. Louis is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road
St. Louis is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Minnesota
Minnesota is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
Minnesota is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
Minnesota is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing St. Louis
Minnesota is 13-5 SU in its last 18 games when playing at home against St. Louis

Next up:
St. Louis home to Los Angeles, Thursday, January 2nd
Minnesota home to Buffalo, Thursday, January 2nd