The NHL is set up with another solid slate of hockey on May 4. Four games are up on the board throughout Wednesday night. One of these games will be between the St. Louis Blues and the Minnesota Wild. These two teams have been solid throughout this season and will look for a big win in Game 2. This game will drop the puck at around 9:30 PM Eastern time on ESPN.
St. Louis finished out the regular season with a record of 49-22-11, which had them grab the third seed in the Central division. The Blues were able to come out really strong in Game 1 as they took the early series lead. St. Louis will look to keep it going once again early in this one. I expect the Blues to try and build on their momentum early on Wednesday.
The Wild put up a record of 53-22-7 throughout the regular season, which had them in second place of the Central division. Minnesota struggled to get their offense going in Game 1 and struggled on special teams. The Wild will look to tighten it up early in this one. Minnesota will look to tie this series back up before going on the road.
These two teams have been strong throughout this season and will look for a big win on Wednesday night. The Blues have dominated Minnesota throughout this season and will look to step up early in this one. The Wild will look to change things up after a tough loss in Game 1. If either team can come out quickly in this one, it could be enough for the win.
The following odds are courtesy of Bovada:
|St. Louis Blues||+1 ½ (-230)||+110||Over 6 (-125)|
|Minnesota Wild||-1 ½ (+190)||-130||Under 6 (+105)|
|Team Data||St. Louis Blues||Minnesota Wild|
|Playoff Away/ Home Record||1-0||0-1|
|Playoff GF/GP Away/ Home||4.00||0.00|
|Playoff SV% Away/ Home||1.000||.871|
St. Louis Blues
- 18-9 against divisional opponents
- 15-11 after a divisional game
- 1-3 after shutting out an opponent
- 24-15 after a win by two or more goals
- 31-16 after scoring four goals or more
- 24-16 against team with a winning record
- 13-14 against divisional opponents
- 17-9 after a divisional game
- 18-13 after allowing four or more goals
- 10-7 after a loss by two or more goals
- 4-3 after scoring one goal or less
- 23-17 against team with a winning record
These two teams met up in Game 1 on May 2 in Minnesota. David Perron had three goals and an assist, while Torey Krug had three assists. Ryan O’Reilly added a goal and an assist as the Blues scored twice on the power play. Ville Husso finished with 37 saves as the Blues were able to earn a 4-0 win to take the early series lead on the road.
— Minnesota Wild (@mnwild) May 3, 2022
The Blues have been strong on special teams throughout the regular season. St. Louis scored on 63 of their 238 power play chances, which is a 26.5 percent power play. The Blues killed off 184 of their opponents 218 power play attempts, which is an 84.4 percent kill rate. St. Louis was 2nd on the power play and 5th on the kill.
Minnesota was solid on the power play during the regular season. The Wild capitalized on 53 of their 253 power play opportunities, which was a 21 percent success rate. Minnesota gave up 63 power play goals on 260 penalties against, which was a 75.8 percent penalty kill. The Wild were 18th on the man advantage and 25th on the penalty kill.
These two teams have been solid on special teams throughout this season and will look for a big win in this one. St. Louis dominated the power play in Game 1, going 2-6 on the man advantage. The Wild went 0-6 on their own power play. If either team can get a power play goal in this one, it could be enough for the win in this one.
I expect Ville Husso to get the start in the crease for St. Louis in Game 2. Husso started in 38 games in the regular season, going 25-7-6 in those matchups. He posted a .919 save percentage and a GAA of 2.56 in those starts. Husso finished with a 37 shot shutout in Game 1 on Monday night. He will look to carry that momentum into this one.
Marc-Andre Fleury will likely get the nod between the pipes for the Wild on Wednesday night. Fleury earned a record of 9-2-0 in his 11 starts after joining Minnesota. He put up a save percentage of .910 and a 2.74 GAA in those starts. Fleury finished with 27 saves on 31 shots in Game 1, which was not enough for the win.
Both goalies were strong throughout the regular season and will look to get going early in this one. The Blues will look for Husso to come out quickly again in this one. I think Minnesota will breakthrough early though. If the Wild can give Fleury an early lead, it will allow for him to get a bit more comfortable. If either goalie comes out strong though, it could give their team the edge.
These two teams have been strong throughout this season and will look for a big win in Game 2. The Wild struggled in the series opener, but I expect them to bounce back in front of the home fans. Minnesota has not beaten St. Louis in the regular season or playoffs, but I expect that to change. If the Wild can grab the early lead, I think they can hold on for the win.
Bovada has Minnesota listed as a -130 against the money line in this one. This implies that the Wild will win this game around 56.5 percent of the time. I think that this line is accurate with both teams playing well. Minnesota will look to feed off the home crowd more in this one. As slight favorites, I like the value on the Wild to tie this series up.