Wild vs Blues Prediction NHL Picks 3/16/24

St. Louis Blues (34-29-3) vs Minnesota Wild (33-27-7)

Game Info: Saturday, March 16, 2024 at 8:00 pm (Enterprise Center)

Betting Odds: St. Louis Blues -102 / Minnesota Wild -122 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Minnesota Wild and St. Louis Blues meet Saturday in NHL action at the Enterprise Center. We will look at this from a betting perspective and determine the best bets for this game. Here’s a Minnesota Wild vs St. Louis Blues prediction.

Minnesota Wild Betting Preview

The Minnesota Wild recently beat the Predators, Coyotes, and Ducks. The Minnesota Wild are averaging 3.09 goals per game and are scoring on 21.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Kirill Kaprizov leads Minnesota with 34 goals, Mats Zuccarello has 43 assists and Joel Eriksson Ek has 232 shots on goal. Defensively, the Minnesota Wild are allowing 3.19 goals per game and are killing 74.6 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Filip Gustavsson has allowed 116 goals on 1,097 shots faced, and Marc-Andre Fleury has given up 83 goals on 863 shots.

St. Louis Blues Betting Preview

The St. Louis Blues recently beat the Bruins and Kings while losing to the Rangers. The St. Louis Blues are averaging 2.79 goals per game and are scoring on 16.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Pavel Buchnevich leads St. Louis with 24 goals, Robert Thomas has 49 assists, and Jordan Kyrou has 200 shots on goal. Defensively, the St. Louis Blues are allowing 3.03 goals per game and are killing 78.9 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Jordan Binnington has allowed 126 goals on 1,449 shots faced, and Joel Hofer has given up 59 goals on 679 shots.

St. Louis Blues Player Prop Facts

  • Brandon Saad has scored a goal in three of the Blues' last four games.
  • Robert Thomas has recorded at least one assist in each of the Blues' last 10 Saturday home games.
  • Robert Thomas has recorded at least one point in each of the Blues' last 15 Saturday night home games.
  • Alexei Toropchenko has recorded two points against the Wild this season - equal-most against any opponent.

Minnesota Wild Player Prop Facts

  • Kirill Kaprizov has scored at least one goal in each of the Wild's last five games as favorites.
  • Ryan Hartman has recorded at least one point in each of the Wild's last four games as favorites.
  • Joel Eriksson Ek has recorded at least one assist in four of his last five appearances after playing less than 20 minutes in the Wild's last game.
  • Brock Faber ranks 1st amongst rookies for average time on ice (25:08) this season.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The St. Louis Blues rank 26th in the league for goals per game this season (2.79).
  • The St. Louis Blues rank 25th in the league in power play percentage this season (16.83%).
  • The Minnesota Wild rank 28th in the league in penalty kill percentage this season (74.55%).
  • The Minnesota Wild rank 31st in the league for power play goals against this season (57).

Minnesota Wild vs St. Louis Blues prediction

The Minnesota Wild are playing the better hockey at the moment and probably should be favored. However, the St. Louis Blues are a good enough team to consider in the underdog role, and they're at home where they're 19-11-1 on the season. The Blues also beat the Wild a couple of weeks ago by a score of 3-1. The Blues offense is also a hit or miss situation, but the value is with the home dog in a battle of two good teams out west. Give me the Blues on their home ice. 

Randy’s Pick St. Louis Blues -102

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