Blues vs Wild Prediction - NHL Picks 4/8/23

Minnesota Wild (44-24-10) vs St. Louis Blues (37-35-7)

Game Info: Saturday, April 8, 2023 at 8:00 pm (Xcel Energy Center)

Betting Odds: Minnesota Wild -217 / St. Louis Blues +173 --- Over/Under: 6 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The St. Louis Blues and Minnesota Wild meet Saturday in NHL action at the Xcel Energy Center. Let’s preview this game and give out a pick and prediction.

The St. Louis Blues are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 19.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Jordan Kyrou leads St. Louis with 37 goals, Robert Thomas has 46 assists, and Justin Faulk has 191 shots on goal. Defensively, the St. Louis Blues are allowing 3.7 goals per game and are killing 73.1 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Jordan Binnington has allowed 189 goals on 1,763 shots faced, and Thomas Greiss has given up 66 goals on 626 shots.

The Minnesota Wild are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 21.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Kirill Kaprizov leads Minnesota with 39 goals, Mats Zuccarello has 45 assists and Joel Eriksson Ek has 247 shots on goal. Defensively, the Minnesota Wild are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 81.3 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Marc-Andre Fleury has given up 123 goals on 1,347 shots faced, and Filip Gustavsson has allowed 72 goals on 1,060 shots.

The Blues are 5-2 in their last 7 road games and 3-10 in their last 13 Saturday games. The Wild are 76-33 in their last 109 home games and 12-2 in their last 14 games playing on 1 days rest. The over is 41-18-6 in Blues last 65 overall. The over is 9-4-1 in Wild last 14 overall. The Blues are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Minnesota and 17-6 in the last 23 meetings. The road team is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.

The St. Louis Blues have had some recent success on the road, but they've been an underachieving team overall this season and don't have anything to play for at this point. The Minnesota Wild have been one of the more consistent teams in the league, especially at home, and they're still fighting for seeding. The Blues throw up on themselves when playing good teams. Give me the Wild and the PL for max betting value.

Randy’s Pick Minnesota Wild -1.5

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