St. Louis Blues at Minnesota Wild - 5/2/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

St. Louis Blues at Minnesota Wild - 5/2/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by David Berding-USA TODAY Sports

Minnesota Wild (53-22-7) vs St. Louis Blues (49-22-11)

Game Info: Monday, May 2, 2022 at 9:30 pm (Xcel Energy Center)

Betting Odds: Minnesota Wild -133 / St. Louis Blues +110 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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

The St. Louis Blues come into this road contest with an overall record of 49-21-11. Through 81 games, the Blues are 3rd in the Central Division. On the season, they have found the net 307 times, good for a rank of 4th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, St. Louis is the 10th ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 2.95 goals per game. So far, the Blues have a strength of schedule rating of 28th in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 5th-ranked team in the NHL.

The Minnesota Wild get set to host the St. Louis Blues with an overall record of 52-22-7. This mark places them 2nd in the Central division. Through 81 games, the Wild have scored 306 goals, giving them an average of 3.77. This output gives them a rank of 5th among NHL teams.On defense, Minnesota is the 19th-ranked unit, giving up 3.07 goals per contest. So far, the Wild have played the 21st toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account Minnesota's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 7th in the NHL.

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Through 75 games, the St. Louis Blues goal and overall scoring leader is Vladimir Tarasenko with 82 points. He has reached his mark of 34 goals, on a shooting percentage of 14.8%. So far, 15.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Robert Thomas, who has 57 assists to go along with his 20 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 2.56 goals per game. In his 40 games played, he has turned in 23 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

Through 81 games, the Minnesota Wild's goal and overall scoring leader is Kirill Kaprizov, with 108 points. He has reached his mark of 47 goals, on a shooting percentage of 16.3%. So far, 30.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Kevin Fiala, who has 52 assists to go along with his 33 goals. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +23. Minnesota's top goalie is Cam Talbot, who is giving up an average of 2.76 goals per game. In his 49 games played, he has turned in 28 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

In St. Louis's 81 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 45-35-2. So far, taking the over when the Blues are playing away from home, has been a good bet with an over-under record of 24-16-1. On the season, 62.0% of St. Louis's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 56% of the scoring coming from the Blues. In Minnesota's 81 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 47-33-2. So far, taking the over when the Wild are playing at home, has been a good bet with an over-under record of 26-14-1. 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. Heading into this matchup, the Blues have been able to score at an above-average rate, despite their struggles at generating scoring chances. Given that they are facing an elite defensive unit, look for this to be a low-scoring game. I recommend the under.

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