Wild vs Blues Odds & Picks – Prediction for NHL on TNT
- Minnesota is a -150 moneyline favorite in the Wild vs Blues odds on Wednesday
- Kirill Kaprizov (lower body) is out for the Wild
- Check out the latest Wild vs Blues odds, plus bettings splits, trends and predictions
If the Wild (38-21-8, 17-11-5 away) are going chase down the Golden Knights for the West’s top seed, they’ll have to do so without star winger Kirill Kaprizov. Minnesota’s leading scorer will miss three to four weeks with a lower-body injury, meaning he’s not likely to return until the final week of the regular season.
The Wild enter Wednesday’s game versus the Blues (29-32-5, 14-15-4 home) six points behind conference-leading Vegas, but the NHL odds suggest Minnesota is likely to close that gap. The Wild have been pegged as road favorites over St. Louis, as they look to continue their impressive play.
Wild vs Blues Odds
|Minnesota Wild||-1.5 (+175)||O 6 (-105)||-150|
|St. Louis Blues||+1.5 (-205)||U 6 (-115)||+130|
Minnesota is currently a -150 moneyline favorite, in a contest with a total of 6. Puck drop is scheduled for 9:30 pm ET at the Enterprise Center in St. Louis, MO, and will be the second game of TNT’s Wednesday Night doubleheader.
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Wild vs Blues Betting Splits
The Wild have reeled off seven wins in their last 10 games, earning at least a point in each of those outings. Bettors expect their strong form to continue, as 82% of the moneyline handle as of Tuesday night is backing Minnesota.
Total wise, this game is expected to underwhelm in the box score. 62% of over/under handle is on under six goals, and it’s not hard to see why.
For starters, the injury to Kaprizov lowers Minnesota’s offensive ceiling. He leads the team in goals (39) and points (74), and is one of only three Wild players who’ve reached the 20-goal mark.
Kirill Kaprizov heads to the locker room after Logan Stanley falls on him. pic.twitter.com/UcjofxGpKW
— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) March 9, 2023
St. Louis meanwhile, has traded away two of its best players over the last two months in Vladimir Tarasenko and Ryan O’Reilly. They’ve scored three goals or less in nine of their past 12 games, and feature only one player (Jordan Kyrou) that’s lit the lamp more than 20 times.
Wild vs Blues Betting Analysis
Another reason why a low-scoring contest is projected is due to the Wild’s goaltending. Minnesota has allowed the third-fewest goals in the league (174), and rank first in the West in team goals against average.
Both Marc-Andre Fleury and Filip Gustavsson have been spectacular between the pipes, and it will be Fleury that gets the start Wednesday. The wily veteran has won each of his past five starts, yielding just seven goals in the process.
Marc-Andre Fleury is now 5-0-0 in his last five starts with a GAA of 1.38 and a SV% of .956. Fleury has allowed two or fewer goals in each of the five games. #mnwild pic.twitter.com/Qz9j9fNQaF
— Minnesota Wild PR (@mnwildPR) March 12, 2023
He’s 1-0 versus St. Louis this season, holding the Blues to two goals while stopping 29 shots in a 5-2 victory on New Year’s Eve.
The Blues are expected to counter with Jordan Binnington, which is good news for Minnesota based on his recent form. Binnington has coughed up 19 goals in his last five starts. He’s surrendered at least three goals in eight of his past nine outings, posting just one win during that stretch.
Even without Kaprizov, expect Binnington to be busy. St. Louis ranks in the bottom-four in Corsi this season, and have yielded the sixth most high-danger scoring changes.
Wild vs Blues Prediction
Binnington allowed four goals on 31 shots in his lone meeting with Minnesota this season. The Blues haven’t held an opponent below two goals since January 16th, which poses a problem for their win prospects against such a sound defensive team like Minnesota.
Minnesota vs St. Louis SGP
|Wild O 1.5 Goals||-450|
Offense is going very tough to find versus the Wild, as it usually is. Minnesota ranks fourth in expected goals against and has issued the second-fewest high-danger scoring chances.
The Wild also have the advantage on special teams ranking above league average on the powerplay and top-10 on the PK. St. Louis ranks below average in both categories, generating the seventh fewest expected goals with the man advantage.
Pick: Minnesota Wild Moneyline (-150), Under 6 (-115)
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