The St. Louis Blues meet the Minnesota Wild for Game 1 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 won all three regular-season games between these teams, so let’s see what’s the best Blues vs. Wild betting pick for Monday 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 Monday, May 2, 2022
Why Bet The Blues:
✅ The St. Louis Blues won all three games between these teams during the regular season. That included a 6-4 victory in Minneapolis on January 1. The Blues have dominated Minnesota in recent history, winning five straight meetings and they are 9-0-1 in the last 10 meetings between these teams.
✅ The St. Louis Blues closed out the regular season as one of the hottest teams in the NHL. Despite losing their final two games of the regular season, St. Louis went 12-2-2 in April, including winning nine straight games at one point. The Blues defeated the Wild twice during the winning streak.
✅ The Minnesota Wild were one of the best home teams in the NHL (31-8-2). However, St. Louis played very well on the road (23-12-6). That includes winning seven of their last eight road games. They defeated the Wild in the only home meeting in Minnesota for the season.
St. Louis Blues
The St. Louis Blues (49-22-11; 47-35 ATS) lost their final two games of the regular season, but closed out the final 10 games going 7-2-1. St. Louis dominated Minnesota this season, winning all three contests by a combined score of 16-12. The Blues finished third in the Central Division standings, four points behind Minnesota.
Statistically, St. Louis is the better team. They finished third in goals scored per game at 3.77 and were 11th in goals allowed per game at 2.91. The Blues are as deep offensively as any team in the NHL, as nine players had at least 20 goals for this club, led by Vladimir Tarasenko who had 34 and also led the club with 82 points. It will be very difficult to shut down this offense, as any one of their four lines is capable of producing goals.
The Minnesota Wild (53-22-7; 40-42 ATS) closed out the regular season in fine fashion, winning six of their final seven games, including victories over Calgary and Colorado on the final two days of the regular season. Minnesota finished in second place in the Central Division, six points behind Colorado for the top spot. The Wild were 31-8-2 at home and finished the regular season 8-1-1 over their final 10 games.
Minnesota was fifth in goals per game at 3.72 and 18th in goals allowed per contest at 3.04. This is also a very deep club offensively, led by MVP candidate Kirill Kaprizov, who set a franchise record with 47 goals and added 108 points. Three players scored at least 33 goals on this club and they had six players with at least 23 goals. Nine players scored double-digits goals, meaning Minnesota can roll at least three lines capable of scoring goals.