Minnesota Wild at St. Louis Blues - 4/16/22 NHL Picks and Prediction
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St. Louis Blues (44-20-10) vs Minnesota Wild (46-21-6)
Game Info: Saturday, April 16, 2022 at 3:00 pm (Enterprise Center)
Betting Odds: St. Louis Blues -120 / Minnesota Wild -105 --- Over/Under: 6 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The St. Louis Blues host the Minnesota Wild in Saturday NHL Action.
The Minnesota Wild come into this road contest with an overall record of 46-21-6. Through 73 games, the Wild are 2nd in the Central Division. On the season, they have found the net 271 times, good for a rank of 5th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Minnesota is the 16th-ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 3.03 goals per game. So far, the Wild have a strength of schedule rating of 15th in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 7th-ranked team in the NHL.
The St. Louis Blues get set to host the Minnesota Wild with an overall record of 44-20-10. This mark places them 2nd in the Central division. Through 74 games, the Blues have scored 274 goals, giving them an average of 3.68. This output gives them a rank of 4th among NHL teams.On defense, St. Louis is the 8th ranked unit, giving up 2.81 goals per contest. So far, the Blues have played the 28th 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 5th in the NHL.
Through 72 games, the Minnesota Wild goal and overall scoring leader is Kirill Kaprizov, with 91 points. He has reached his mark of 42 goals, on a shooting percentage of 16.3%. So far, 29% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Mats Zuccarello, who has 50 assists to go along with his 22 goals. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +20. Minnesota's top goalie is Cam Talbot, who is giving up an average of 2.77 goals per game. In his 45 games played, he has turned in 26 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.
Through 67 games, the St. Louis Blues' goal and overall scoring leader is Vladimir Tarasenko, with 72 points. He has reached his mark of 31 goals, on a shooting percentage of 14.4%. So far, 16.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Robert Thomas, who has 53 assists to go along with his 18 goals. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +17.0. St. Louis's top goalie is Ville Husso, who is giving up an average of 2.37 goals per game. In his 36 games played, he has turned in 22 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.
In Minnesota's 73 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 41-30-2. So far, taking the over when the Wild are playing away from home has been a good bet with an over-under record of 19-18-1. On the season, 63.0% of Minnesota's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 54.0% of the scoring coming from the Wild. In St. Louis's 74 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 39-33-2. So far, taking the over when the Blues are playing at home, has been a good bet with an over-under record of 19-18-1. On the season, 61.0% of St. Louis's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 56% of the scoring coming from the Blues. I see this game finishing below the line of 6 goals, as St. Louis' offense is going to struggle against the Wild's strong defense. I recommend taking the under.
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