Minnesota Wild vs. St. Louis Blues Pick – NHL April 8, 2022

The Minnesota Wild and St. Louis Blues meet for a Central Division clash at the Enterprise Center. Minnesota has the second-best record in the division, with the Blues on their heels going into Friday night.

The Wild are 43-21-5 with 91 points, while the Blues are a point behind with a record of 40-20-10. Note that the Blues have played one more game than the Wild so far this season. The Blues are on a three-game winning streak, most recently a 4-1 win over the Seattle Kraken.

It was a good look for the Blues on Wednesday night after a 5-1 win over the Arizona Coyotes a couple of days earlier. St. Louis is in good form, while the Wild have won nine of their last 11 games. They’ve won five of their previous six attempts going into this one.

Minnesota is coming off a 6-2 loss to the Nashville Predators on Tuesday. That wasn’t their best game. They were on the heels of back-to-back wins against the Hurricanes, 3-1, and Capitals, 5-1. Those were two huge wins, and the Wild didn’t leave anything in the tank for the Preds.

You can call it a letdown for the Wild, who didn’t look prepared for the Predators. Both the Wild and Blues have been playing good hockey recently despite the loss. They are also playing for something this late in the season. That’s all you can ask for in April.

Head below for our free Wild vs. Blues prediction on April 8, 2022.

Minnesota Wild vs. St. Louis Blues Betting Odds and Team Statistics:

The following odds are courtesy of Bovada:

Teams Spread Moneyline Total
Minnesota Wild -1.5 (+200) -110 Over 6 (-120)
St. Louis Blues +1.5 (-240) -110 Under 6 (+100)
Team Data Minnesota Wild St. Louis Blues
Overall Record 43-21-5 40-20-10
Puckline Record 33-36 40-30
Away/Home Record 19-14-3 23-9-4
Puckline Away/Home 15-21 22-14
Goals Per Game 3.61 3.60
Goals Against Per Game 3.06 2.86
Shots Per Game 32.64 30.60
Shots Against Per Game 31.90 31.43

Wild vs. Blues Prediction:

The Wild are one of the best teams in the NHL in the offensive zone. They have shown improvement defensively as of late, but the Predators brought the Wild back down to earth with 6 goals.

The Wild are the fourth-best team in the NHL with 3.61 goals scored per game. Through their last ten attempts, they’ve netted 3.2 goals a game. Their offensive effort has been more consistent than what they’ve been doing on the blueline.

If they’re not going to slow down the Blues, as has been the case in recent meetings, it won’t matter what their offense does tonight. The Blues have scored 17 goals, an average of 5.6 goals a game through their last three games against the Wild.

In those attempts, St. Louis scored 4, 7, and 6 goals versus the Wild. The Blues looked good in a 6-4 win on New Year’s Day in the most recent game. This offensive barrage is consistent with what the Blues have been accomplishing in 2021-22.


Minnesota Wild vs. St. Louis Blues Betting Trends:

Wild
  • 9-2 overall in their previous 11 games
  • 4-1 overall in their previous five games versus the Western Conference
  • OVER is 11-1-1 in their previous 13 games after scoring 2 or fewer goals
  • OVER is 7-1-1 after a loss by 3 or more goals
  • OVER is 11-4-2 in their previous 17 games versus the Central Division
Blues
  • 5-1 overall in their previous six games
  • 4-1 overall in their previous five games versus the Central Division
  • OVER is 22-6-1 in their previous 29 games versus a team with a winning percentage better than 60%
  • OVER is 6-2 in their previous eight games after a win
  • OVER is 7-3 in their previous ten games on one-day rest

The Blues are the fifth-best team in the NHL with 3.57 goals per game. They can score, and the Blues have been doing that recently.

St. Louis has scored a minimum of 4 goals in their last six games. Across their previous ten outings, the Blues have scored 4.1 goals per game. At home this season, they’ve put in 3.69 goals per game this season.

The same can’t be said for the blueliners, which could be more consistent. They looked great against the Kraken, but that’s an expansion team struggling versus everyone. Overall, the Wild are 17th with 3.14 goals against per game.

The Blues have conceded 3.5 goals per game since a 5-4 loss to the Blue Jackets on March 19. Minnesota has scored at least 3 goals versus the Blues in five of their previous six meetings.

These two should go down to the wire, with a 4-3 final score to put this contest OVER the total at the Enterprise Center.

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