A key Central Division matchup will take place in St. Paul, Minnesota, on Tuesday when the streaking Minnesota Wild (35-20-7) host the slumping St. Louis Blues (34-25-4) as solid home favorites.
The Blues have lost their past six games to fall out of playoff contention after previously challenging for the Central lead, while the Wild have won four straight games to move into third place in the division standings.
Betting line: The Wild opened as -140 favorites (wager $140 to win $100); the total is at 5.5 goals, according to sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark. Line updates and matchup report.
Why the Blues Can Pay on the NHL Lines
St. Louis made a bold move before Monday's NHL trade deadline, sending center Paul Stastny to the Winnipeg Jets for a future first-round draft pick.
Stastny was the team's fourth-leading scorer, but something had to be done by management to shake up the Blues in an effort to get them back into the postseason.
They are a talented squad and have gotten outstanding production from center Brayden Schenn in his first year in Missouri, as he has a team-leading 55 points (24 goals and 31 assists).
Why the Wild Can Pay on the NHL Lines
Minnesota has won its past two meetings with St. Louis after losing the teams' first matchup of the season 6-3 on November 25.
The Blues were a much different team early in the season and looked like they would compete with other elite teams around the league for the Stanley Cup. But they have floundered lately. The Wild, meanwhile, have finally started to get healthy and pick up steam heading toward the playoffs.
Minnesota has veteran players who have taken the ice together for a few years, and this could be one of this group's last chances to make a run for the Cup.
Smart Betting Pick
St. Louis upset Minnesota in the first round of last year's postseason, and the Wild have not forgotten about that.
They seem to be peaking at the right time, while the Blues sit one point behind the Calgary Flames for the last of the Western Conference's two wild-card spots. Minnesota routed St. Louis 6-2 on the road in early February, which started the latter's downfall.
With Stastny no longer a member of the Blues, look for their offense to suffer and for the Wild to capitalize by scoring their fifth consecutive victory and pay off at online betting sites.
NHL Betting Trends
St. Louis is 0-5 SU in its past five games.
St. Louis is 2-4 SU in its past six games on the road.
Minnesota is 4-1 SU in its past five games.
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