The St. Louis Blues meet the Minnesota Wild for Game 5 of their seven-game playoff series in the first round of the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs from the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota. St. Louis even to the series with a 6-2 victory on Sunday, so let’s see what’s the best Blues vs. Wild betting pick for Tuesday evening.
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Blues vs Wild Betting Pick
This game will be played at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota at 9:30 PM ET on Tuesday, May 10, 2022
Why Bet The Wild:
✅ The Minnesota Wild had the third-best home record during the regular season, going 31-8-2. That included going 7-1-0 over their final eight regular-season home contests. The Wild are 16-3-1 in their last 18 games at home including playoffs.
✅ The St. Louis Blues will be without for defensemen for this contest. Two are listed as questionable (Nick Leddy and Robert Bortuzzo) with Macro Scandella and Mackenzie MacEachern both out. The defensemen appeared in 174 games combined, producing a combined total of six goals and 24 assists, but this is not the time to be juggling lines and adjusting your schemes.
✅ The Minnesota Wild forward Kirill Kaprizov is having an impressive run, scoring five goals and adding an assist through the first four games. Last season he had a disappointing performance, but he has been spectacular for Minnesota in this year’s playoffs.
St. Louis Blues
The St. Louis Blues (49-22-11; 47-35 ATS) evened their series with Minnesota thanks to a pair of goals in the second and third periods. The power-play continues to be dominating for St. Louis, connecting on 27.8% of their opportunities. St. Louis was 1-4 on the power-play in Game 4.
The Blues turned to Jordan Binnington and he stopped 28 of 30 shots. The victory was the 17th of his playoff career, posting a 2.86 GAA in 36 games. He is 4-1 with a 2.83 goals-against average in his last five starts.
The Minnesota Wild (53-22-7; 40-42 ATS) received a disappointing performance out of Marc-Andre Fleury as he stopped 29 of 33 shots. He has allowed four goals in each of the two losses in the series. His playoff numbers are impressive, going 92-72 with a 2.53 GAA and 16 shutouts.
The Wild went 0-4 on the power-play in Game 4 and are now connecting on only 11.8% of their opportunities. Kaprizov and Frederick Gaudreau have the only power-play goals of the series for Minnesota. The penalty killing units have been abysmal for this club, continuing a trend from the regular season (25th at 76.1%).