Blues vs Wild Prediction NHL Picks 3/23/24

Minnesota Wild (34-28-8) vs St. Louis Blues (37-30-3)

Game Info: Saturday, March 23, 2024 at 2:00 pm (Xcel Energy Center)

Betting Odds: Minnesota Wild -140 / St. Louis Blues +120 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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In this article we will formulate a St. Louis Blues vs Minnesota Wild betting prediction for this NHL game on Saturday, March 23rd at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota. To formulate this prediction, we will examine:

  • The Blues recent form and recent player performance 
  • The Wild recent form and recent play performance
  • Recent Betting trends and streaks involving St. Louis
  • Recent Betting trends and streaks involving Minnesota
  • Recent betting trends in games played between St. Louis and Minnesota
  • A summary that ties it all together and produces a favorable betting outcome for Today’s Game between St. Louis and Minnesota

Blues Preview

The St. Louis Blues are 37-30-3 this year after they defeated the Senators by a score of 5-2 in their last game. St. Louis had their lead cut to 3-2 in the third period, but they scored the last two goals in the game for the win. The Blues were out shot by a total of 39-27 and went 0-2 on the power play in the game. St. Louis lost to Colorado by a score of 4-3 in the game prior to Ottawa, but did win the previous four games. The Blues are scoring 2.83 goals per game and they are allowing 3.00 goals against per game, while going 17.7% on the power play and 78.7% on the penalty kill. Robert Thomas has led St. Louis with 23 goals, 50 assists, and 145 shots on goal. The projected starting goalie for St. Louis is Jordan Binnington, who is 24-19-3 this season with a 2.83 goals against average and a .912 save percentage. 

Wild Preview

The Minnesota Wild are 34-28-8 this season after they lost to LA by a score of 6-0 in their last game. Minnesota allowed three goals in the first and three goals in the second for the shutout loss. The Wild out shot LA by a total of 31-27 and went 0-2 on the power play in the game. Minnesota defeated the Ducks by a score of 4-0 in the game prior to LA, but did lose to St. Louis before that. The Wild are scoring 3.04 goals per game and they are allowing 3.17 goals against per game, while going 21.5% on the power play and 74.2% on the penalty kill. Kirill Kaprizov has led Minnesota with 36 goals, 41 assists, and 225 shots on goal. The projected starting goalie for Minnesota is Marc-Andre Fleury, who is 16-12-4 this year with a 2.79 goals against average and a .902 save percentage. 

Minnesota Wild Player Prop Facts

  • Kirill Kaprizov has scored at least one goal in each of the Wild's last seven games as favorites.
  • Kirill Kaprizov has recorded an assist in each of the Wild's last four games against Central Division opponents.
  • Jonas Brodin has recorded a point in five of the Wild's last six home games.
  • Brock Faber ranks 1st amongst rookies for average time on ice (25:06) this season.

St. Louis Blues Player Prop Facts

  • Robert Thomas has recorded at least one assist in eight of his last nine appearances in day games.
  • Robert Thomas has recorded at least one point in eight of his last nine appearances in day games.
  • Sammy Blais has scored a goal in three of his last four appearances at Xcel Energy Center.
  • Brayden Schenn ranks T1st in the Western Conference for shootout goals (3) this season.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Minnesota Wild rank 29th in the league in penalty kill percentage this season (74.25%).
  • The Minnesota Wild rank 31st in the league for power play goals against this season (60).
  • The St. Louis Blues rank 26th in the league for goals per game this season (2.83).
  • The St. Louis Blues rank 25th in the league in power play percentage this season (17.67%).

Blues vs Wild Betting Prediction

St. Louis comes into this matchup after winning five of their last six games and they have allowed two goals or fewer in those five wins. The Blues play their best hockey on home ice and they are only 16-18-2 on the road. Minnesota is 18-12-4 at home and they will be coming off of a three game road trip, where they went 1-1-1. These two teams just met on March 16th, with St. Louis winning by a score of 3-2 in a shootout. I really like how the Blues are playing, but I don’t like taking them on the road. Give me the Wild here. 

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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