Hockey Prediction Wild vs Blues Thursday December 31st 2015
12/31/15 Minnesota Wild vs St. Louis Blues tonight at the Scottrade Center. Pucking Hockey provides confirmed NHL starting goalies with stats. Hockey betting trends to improve your hockey handicapping skills along with expert NHL picks.
Starting Goalies 12/31/15
- Minnesota Wild -> Devan Dubnyk
Devan Dubnyk stopped 28 of the 29 shots he faced during Minnesota’s 3-1 victory over the visiting Detroit Red Wings Monday night. Dubnyk improved his overall record to a respectable 15-10-2. His goals-against average is now 2.37 and his save percentage improved to .917%
- St. Louis Blues -> Jake Allen
Jake Allen stopped 30 of 33 shots in a 4-3 overtime win over Nashville on Tuesday. Allen is enjoying a great season, finally putting his stamp on the Blues starting goaltending position. The win improves his record to 18-8-2 in 29 games this season.
Minnesota Wild Preview
Minnesota currently ranks 9th overall in scoring, lighting the lamp 2.7 goals per game. Which is pucking surprising considering they rank 25th overall in shots given.
In the power play department the Wild rank 10th, which is obviously where the majority of their goals come from. Five on five? Forget about it.
On the defensive end of the ice they are ranked 8th in goals allowed at 2.4 goals per game, while struggling short-handed, ranking an awful 27th overall. Goaltending is to blame for that ranking.
St. Louis Blues Preview
St Louis is probably one of the worst teams to watch as a fan. I love their style but they are ranked 23rd overall in scoring.
Their style is effective however, they grind teams out and capitalize on their power play chances. The Blues convert 20.4% of their power plays, which is 7th in the league.
At the defensive end of the ice – plus the three forwards who always back check – St Louis is a remarkable 6th in goals allowed. Due to their defensive minded style and great goaltending from Jake Allen. Basically an all around team.
Minnesota Wild vs St. Louis Blues Prediction 12/31/15
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