Friday's best NHL bet$
at St. Louis Blues (-165, 5)
Phoenix Coyotes goaltender Mike Smith is playing out of his mind as he guides his club into the playoffs.
Smith has recorded three straight shutouts and turned aside 54 shots in the Coyotes’ 2-0 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets Tuesday. "As an athlete, I think we want to contribute and help the team win in times like this in the season," Smith told reporters. "I wouldn't think it's any different for anyone else than just me. It's an important time of the year to play well, and I'm fortunate that I'm doing it at this time of the season. It's exciting and fun to be a part of games like this."With Smith boarding up the net, Phoenix held down seventh place in the Western Conference heading into Thursday’s action, one point ahead of San Jose. Meanwhile, even though St. Louis remains in the hunt for the President’s Trophy, the Blues have stumbled a bit. They have won just two of their last seven games (although they have earned at least a point in five of those games).These two teams won’t want to give too much away with a possible first-round meeting on the horizon, so expect a tight-checking affair. Pick: Under