Minnesota Wild at St. Louis Blues - 4/8/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

Minnesota Wild at St. Louis Blues - 4/8/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

St. Louis Blues (40-20-10) vs Minnesota Wild (43-21-5)

Game Info: Friday, April 8, 2022 at 8:00 pm (Enterprise Center)

Betting Odds: St. Louis Blues +120 / Minnesota Wild +170 --- Over/Under: 6 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The St. Louis Blues host the Minnesota Wild in Friday NHL Action.

The Minnesota Wild come into this road contest with an overall record of 43-21-5. Through 69 games, the Wild are 2nd in the Central Division. On the season, they have found the net 254 times, good for a rank of 4th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Minnesota is the 16th ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 3.06 goals per game. So far, the Wild have a strength of schedule rating of 19th in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 8th ranked team in the NHL.

The St. Louis Blues get set to host the Minnesota Wild with an overall record of 40-20-10. This mark places them 3rd in the Central division. Through 70 games, the Blues have scored 254 goals, giving them an average of 3.6. This output gives them a rank of 4th among NHL teams.On defense, St. Louis is the 10th ranked unit, giving up 2.86 goals per contest. So far, the Blues have played the 27th toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account St. Louis's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 6th in the NHL.

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Through 68 games, the Minnesota Wild goal and overall scoring leader is Kirill Kaprizov, with 87 points. He has reached his mark of 40 goals, on a shooting percentage of 16.3%. So far, 28% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Mats Zuccarello, who has 50 assists to go along with his 21 goals. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +20.0. Minnesota's top goalie is Cam Talbot, who is giving up an average of 2.78 goals per game. In his 43 games played, he has turned in 25 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

Through 70 games, St. Louis' leading goal scorer is Vladimir Tarasenko. With his 25 goals and 36 assists, he is the second in overall points, coming in at 61. On the season, he is turning 12.6% of his shots into goals. In addition, the Blues have benefited from the strong play of Jordan Kyrou, who is the team's overall leader in points. In St. Louis's 70 games, he has come up with 23 goals on a shooting percentage of 14.4%. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +9.0. St. Louis's top goalie is Ville Husso, who is giving up an average of 2.36 goals per game. In his 34 games played, he has turned in 20 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

On the season, the St. Louis Blues have a per-game scoring differential of 0.73. Even when playing at home, the team is winning games by an averge margin of 0.38 goals. Heading into their game with the Minnesota Wild, the Blues have a 4-1 record over their past five contests. In these games, they have scored 24 goals, accounting for 62.0% of the overall scoring. On the season, the Blues have been one of the best teams at generating scoring chances, ranking 6th in the NHL. In addition, they are an above-average team at limiting such opportunites for their opponents. Look for the Blues to pick up a win over Minnesota.

 

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