Minnesota Wild at St. Louis Blues - 5/8/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

Minnesota Wild at St. Louis Blues - 5/8/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Jeff Le-USA TODAY Sports

St. Louis Blues (50-24-11) vs Minnesota Wild (55-23-7)

Game Info: Sunday, May 8, 2022 at 4:30 pm (Enterprise Center)

Betting Odds: St. Louis Blues -120 / Minnesota Wild -102 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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

The Minnesota Wild come into this road contest with the 2-1 lead in this Western Conference series. On the season, they have found the net 310 times, good for a rank of 5th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Minnesota is the 18th-ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 3.04 goals per game. 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 will look to bounce back from a disappointing 5-1 loss to Minnesota in game 2. Through 82 games, the Blues have scored 311 goals, giving them an average of 3.77. This output gives them a rank of 4th among NHL teams. On defense, St. Louis is the 11th ranked unit, giving up 2.91 goals per contest. 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.

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Through 81 games, the Minnesota Wild 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.

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.

In Minnesota's 82 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 away from home has been a good bet with an over-under record of 21-19-1. 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 82 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 at home, has been a good bet with an over-under record of 21-19-1. 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. At 6.5 goals, I recommend taking the under, as Minnesota should continue its strong defensive play, but I don't see the Wild putting up another 5 goals performance against the Blues.

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