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Wild vs Blues Game 3 Picks and Odds

Brady Trettenero

by Brady Trettenero in NHL Hockey

May 5, 2022 · 10:15 AM PDT

Minnesota Wild left wing Kirill Kaprizov carrying the puck along the boards
May 4, 2022; Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Wild left wing Kirill Kaprizov (97) skates with the puck against the St. Louis Blues center Ryan O'Reilly (90) in the second period in game two of the first round of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Xcel Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports
  • The St. Louis Blues and Minnesota Wild play Game 3 on Friday, May 6th
  • St. Louis is listed as slight home favorites in the Game 3 Wild vs Blues odds
  • Read below for Game 3 Wild vs Blues picks and odds.

The St. Louis Blues and Minnesota Wild play Game 3 of their NHL Playoff series on Friday, May 6th. Puck drop is 9:30 PM EST at Enterprise Center. TNT will broadcast the action.

St. Louis is listed as slight home favorites in the Game 3 Wild vs Blues odds. The total is set at 6.5 after the two clubs combined for eight goals in the previous game.

Let’s take a look at the Wild vs Blues odds and offer you our best NHL bet.

Wild vs Blues Odds Game 3

Team Moneyline Puck Line Total
Minnesota Wild -103 +1.5 (-250) O 6.5 (-107)
St. Louis Blues -117 -1.5 (+200) U 6.5 (-118)

Odds as of May 5th at Barstool Sportsbook.

The Blues are listed on the puckline at +200 odds, while the Wild are -250 to keep the game within two goals. St. Louis’s -200 moneyline price gives them 52% implied probability to win.

St. Louis is listed at +2100 in the 2022 Stanley Cup odds, while Minnesota is priced at +1700.

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Minnesota vs St Louis Game 3 Odds Favor Home Team

St. Louis is narrowly favored to beat Minnesota at home in the Game 3 Wild vs Blues odds. Craig Berube’s team won Game 1 in Saint Paul by a 4-0 score before losing Game 2 by a 6-2 deficit. The odds favor the Blues re-taking the series lead Friday night.

The Blues played a decent Game 2 on Wednesday despite the lopsided result. St. Louis outshot Minnesota by a 34-28 margin and also had 20 additional shots blocked by the Wild. High-danger chances were 6-5 in favor of the Blues.

St. Louis will look to get back on track in a building they had plenty of success in during the regular season. The Blues went 26-10-5 at Enterprise Center during the regular season, including winning six of their last eight home games.

St. Louis’ betting value for Game 3 is impacted by a couple injuries on the blueline. Nick Leddy (upper body) didn’t play Game 2, while Robert Bortuzzo (upper body) left the game late in the third period after blocking a shot.

Do Wild Offer Game 3 Underdog Value?

Minnesota is listed as moneyline underdogs in the Game 3 Wild vs Blues odds despite beating St. Louis convincingly in Game 2. Kirill Kaprizov recorded a hat trick, while Marc-Andre Fleury made 32 saves in a 6-2 victory.

Although Minnesota isn’t favored to win Game 3, oddsmakers are still projecting Dean Evason’s club to win the series. The updated Wild vs Blues series odds list Minnesota as -132 favorites to defeat St. Louis and advance onto Round 2.

Minnesota’s key to victory in Game 2 was their power play, which went 2-for-3 Wednesday after going 0-for-6 in Game 1. The Wild have a 52.9 CF% at 5-on-5 in the series, so special teams becomes important with both teams controlling similar puck possession.

Minnesota lost both regular-season meetings in St. Louis this season, although both games went to overtime. The Wild are 0-7 in their last seven games at Enterprise Center, which is certainly factored into the Game 3 NHL betting line.

Wild vs Blues Game 3 Pick

Putting final scores aside, advanced metrics suggest Wild vs Blues has been a fairly matched series thus far. St. Louis only went 1-for-5 with the man advantage in Game 2 after striking twice in Game 1. That’s important to note considering Minnesota’s penalty kill was ranked 25th in the regular season.

Even though the odds favor the Wild taking the series, St, Louis is the best bet for Game 3. Blues’ goalie Ville Husso struggled Wednesday, but has been excellent on home ice this season. In 21 starts at Enterprise Center, Husso is 15-3-2 with a .926 save percentage.

Here are some betting trends to note for Wild vs Blues Game 3:

  • Blues are 8-2 in their last 10 games following a loss of 3 or more goals
  • Wild are 2-5 in their last 7 games as a road underdog
  • Wild are 0-7 in the last 7 meetings in St. Louis

The Blues have showed an ability to bounce back after tough losses and should do just that Friday against a team that’s struggled at Enterprise Center. Take the St. Louis moneyline at -117 in the Game 3 Wild vs Blues odds.

Pick: Blues ML (-117)

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