Minnesota at St. Louis -135 O/U 5.5
Recommendation: St. Louis
The St. Louis Blues recently got Jaden Schwartz who is arguably their most important forward back in the lineup after being out for an extended period of time due to injury. He is a great two-way player for this squad and since his return, the Blues have gone 4-1 in their last 5 games with the only defeat during that span coming on the road against the red hot, surging Boston Bruins. Schwartz being back on the ice means the Blues now have their three top scorers with him, Vladimir Tarasenko and Brayden Schenn all in the lineup at the same time which is something that has been a rarity for the Blues this season. In addition to their top offensive weapons being healthy, St. Louis has played terrific at the defensive end of the ice limiting the opposition to a single goal or less in four of those last five games and they will pose a big challenge for Minnesota tonight who have only been able to muster a paltry average of 2.54 goals per game on the road this season which helps explain their difficulties of putting wins together on the highway. Carter Hutton’s emergence as the goalie getting most of the starting assignments lately for St. Louis has also been a major piece to their recent success. Hutton is a sparkling 4-0 with a 0.50 GAA and .984 save percentage in his last four starts. Minnesota enters this contest with a 10-16 road record and they have had particular problems here in the gateway city. On the flip side, Devan Dubnyk who is likely to be in the crease for Minnesota has struggled against the Blues with a 7-15 record, 3.25 GAA and .893 save percentage in 22 career starts against the Blues. The Wild are on a dismal run of 2-6 overall in the last 8 meetings against the Blues and a 1-5 mark in their last 6 trips to St. Louis to face them. I’ll take St. Louis tonight to keep their strong current form going as well as their recent dominance against Minnesota.