The St. Louis Blues meet the Minnesota Wild for Game 2 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 shutout Minnesota in Game 1, giving the Blues victories over the Wild in all four games between these teams this season, so let’s see what’s the best Blues vs. Wild betting pick for Monday Wednesday.
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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 Wednesday, May 4, 2022
Why Bet The Wild:
✅ The Minnesota Wild were one of the best teams at home during the regular season, going 31-8-2. That was tied for the third-best home record in the NHL. The Wild did not lose back-to-back games at home all season long.
✅ The Minnesota Wild were shutout just one time during the regular season, a 2-0 defeat to the Winnipeg Jets on February 8. The club responded with victories in each of their next two games following the shutout loss. In addition, the team is 13-3 in their last 16 games after suffering a home loss of three goals or more.
✅ The Minnesota Wild have had only two losing streaks of two or more games since the start of the new year. Both of those losing streaks occurred on the road, losing two games in a row April 5 and 8 and three games in a row from February 22-26. This team simply does not allow losing streak to develop.
St. Louis Blues
The St. Louis Blues (49-22-11; 47-35 ATS) defeated Minnesota Wild on Monday, 4-0. Ville Husso was the story in this contest, stopping all 37 shots he faced. That was his third shutout of the season including the regular season. St. Louis was arguably the hottest team in the NHL entering the playoffs, going 12-2-2 in April. They have now defeated the Wild all four times these teams have met this season.
St. Louis scored twice on the power-play in the game. They finished fifth in the NHL in power-play efficiency at 84.1%. David Perron scored two power-play goals as part of a three-goal performance. Perron had four total points in the game. He finished the regular season with 57 points in 67 games, including recording 11 power-play goals to lead the club.
The Minnesota Wild (53-22-7; 40-42 ATS) were unable to generate any offense in the loss to St. Louis. The penalty-killing unit struggled immensely, giving up two power-play goals on six chances. Penalty killing was an issue for the Wild, as they finished the regular season 25th in penalty killing efficiency at 76.1%. The Wild have been great at home this season and have yet to lose consecutive games at home.
Goaltending was a big question mark for Minnesota entering this series and Marc-Andre Fleury did not answer those questions, giving up four goals on 31 shots. Fleury was acquired specifically for this time of year, but the four goals allowed was the fourth time in his last six starts that he has allowed that many goals in a game. Fleury has now allowed 20 goals over his last six starts.