- The Minnesota Wild visit the St. Louis Blues to play Game 6 on Thursday, May 12th
- St. Louis are slight favorites to close out the series in the Blues vs Wild odds
- Read below for Game 6 Wild vs Blues odds, picks and betting prediction
It’s win or go home for the Minnesota Wild when they head to St. Louis for game 6 of their first round series. Puck drop is slated for 9:30 pm ET on Thursday, May 12th from the Enterprise Center in the heart of the Midwest. TNT will carry the broadcast in this must win game for the Wild.
It’s been a series filled with surprisingly lopsided scores so far. Riding a two game win streak in the series, the Blues have been made the slightest of favorites on the moneyline to take game 6 and advance to a 2nd round matchup with the Avalanche in the NHL playoff bracket.
Let’s take a deeper look at the Wild vs Blues odds for game 6 and give your our best pick and NHL bet.
Wild vs Blues Odds Game 6
|Minnesota Wild||+1.5 (-265)||O 6.5 (-104)||-106|
|St. Louis Blues||-1.5 (+205)||U 6.5 (-118)||-113|
Odds as of May 11th at Barstool Sportsbook.
With such close odds in this game both the Wild and Blues have an implied win probability of over 50% with the Wild at 51.46% and the Blues sitting at 53.05% to take this contest. It’s almost a pick’em.
Minnesota Wild Betting Outlook
After bowing out in 7 games to the Golden Knights last season, the Wild were hoping to take the next step and be considered a legitimate threat in the Stanley Cup odds this season, especially after the in season acquisition of one of the best active playoff goalies out there, Marc-Andre Fleury.
— Bally Sports North (@BallySportsNOR) May 8, 2022
They got out to a 2-1 series lead, but after back-to-back 5-2 defeats, the Blues now have them on the ropes. One of the contrasts between these two teams before the start of the series was the Blues depth of scoring in comparison to the Wild’s reliance on some of their superstars to produce.
Kirill Kaprizov has been nothing short of spectacular for Minnesota, proving himself to be worthy of serious consideration in the Hart Trophy odds.
He is the playoff leader with seven goals, but Minnesota is going to have to get some more production from others. The Russian winger has scored three of the Wild’s four goals in the last two contests and if he doesn’t get help from his teammates soon, the Wild’s season will likely be over.
Blues Home Favorites to Close Out Series in NHL Odds
As was the case throughout the season the Blues depth and terrific production on the power play have both contributed largely to them being one win away from a berth in the 2nd round.
They have scored with the man advantage in every single game of this series and are clicking at 30%, the 4th best percentage of any team in the playoffs coming into Wednesday night’s action. St. Louis had the 2nd best power play in the league during the regular season.
— St. Louis Blues (@StLouisBlues) May 11, 2022
In addition, the Blues, who had an astonishing nine 20-goal scorers during the regular season, have four different players who have tallied at least three goals through the first five games of this series. With three incredibly balanced lines, they are almost impossible to match up against.
Jordan Binnington has not lost since taking over in net in game 4. His Stanley Cup experience gives the team a calming presence on the back end as they look to move on and shorten their Western Conference odds.
Binnington has a .935 save percentage so far in this series.
Wild vs Blues Series Stats
|15 (3/game)||Goals For/GP||17 (3.2/game)|
|17 (3.2/game)||Goals Against/GP||15 (3/game)|
Wild vs Blues Game 6 Pick & Prediction
To make matters worse for Minnesota, the Blues had both Nick Leddy and Robert Bortuzzo return to their blue line for game 5 after missing some games due to injury. Torey Krug and Marco Scandella are both likely to stay in the press box for St. Louis as they are not yet healthy enough to return to action.
Despite all the injuries to the #stlblues blue line, despite changing staring goalies mid series, and despite Kaprizov playing on of his best games of the entire season in game 5 on the road…
Blues are up 3-2 in the series.
It’s that time of the year.
— Joey Palazzola (@Palazzola_RTN) May 11, 2022
The over is 10-1-1 in the Wild’s last 12 games following a loss of three or more goals. Fleury will need to bounce back with a better effort after allowing four goals in games 4 and 5. However, it’s the offense that needs to get back on track most for Minnesota to have a chance.
They scored 11 goals combined in their two wins in this series, but just four goals in their three losses. Expect the players to rally around Kaprizov and provide him with much more support then they did in the last two contests. This Minnesota team finished with the 5th most points in the NHL this year and they won’t go away quietly.
They won two games against Vegas last season when they were down 3-1 in the series to force a game 7 so expect them to do something similar to St. Louis in game 6. In the Thursday NHL odds, take the Wild on the moneyline at Barstool Sportsbook to force a deciding game 7.
Pick: Minnesota Wild Moneyline (-106)