A pair of teams currently on winning streaks, the St. Louis Blues and the Minnesota Wild face off at the Xcel Energy Center. The action will get underway at 7:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, February 23, and fans at home can watch this divisional matchup live on NBC Sports Network.
St. Louis Blues vs. Minnesota Wild Odds
St. Louis heads into the contest as the narrow favorite with a -115 moneyline. The line for Minnesota now stands at -105 and oddsmakers have set the Over/Under (O/U) at 6 goals. If gamblers want to play the game’s total, they’ll be looking at odds of -110 money on the over and -110 for the under.
St. Louis is 35-27 straight up (SU) and has netted 0.9 units for moneyline bettors this season. Through 62 regular season contests, 31 of its games have gone over the total, while 29 have gone under and just two have pushed. This 2019-20 Blues team is 15-16 SU on the road.
St. Louis has converted on 23.8 percent of its power play chances this year, a figure that places them in the top-5 among NHL teams. Additionally, its penalty kill is ranked 15th overall, and it has successfully killed off 80.8 percent of all penalties.
For the team as a whole, St. Louis has been sent to the penalty box 3.4 times per game overall this season, and 4.1 per game over its last ten games. The team has been forced to defend opponent power plays just 7.6 minutes per contest over their last five road games.
With a .911 save percentage and 26.1 saves per game, Jordan Binnington (26-18-7) has been the top option in goal for St. Louis this year. If it chooses to give him a rest, however, head coach Craig Berube may turn to Jake Allen (9-12-3 record, .923 save percentage, 2.29 goals against average).
David Perron and Ryan O’Reilly will both lead the offensive attack for the visiting Blues. Perron (57 points) is up to 24 goals and 33 assists, and has recorded two or more points in 11 different games. O’Reilly has 11 goals and 43 assists to his name (and has notched at least one point in 34 games).
Minnesota is 29-31 straight up (SU) and has lost 2.0 units for moneyline bettors thus far. 29 of its games have gone over the total, while 26 have gone under and just five have pushed. The team is 17-14 SU at home this year.
Minnesota has converted on 21.5 percent of its power play opportunities this season, a figure that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 27th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 75.6 percent of all penalties.
The Wild have been penalized 3.6 times per game this season, and 2.8 per game over their last five outings. The team’s had to kill penalties just 6.0 minutes per game over their last five outings.
Alex Stalock has denied 25.2 shots per game as the primary selection in the crease for Minnesota. Stalock has 16 wins, 15 losses, and four overtime losses to his credit and has recorded a subpar .908 save percentage and 2.69 goals against average this year.
The Wild offense will be led by Eric Staal (17 goals, 25 assists).
St. Louis Blues vs. Minnesota Wild Betting Predictions
NHL Tip: SU Winner – Wild, O/U – Under
Two of Minnesota’s last ten games have been decided by a shootout. The team is 1-1 in those games and 2-3 overall in shootouts this year.
For both of these teams, the over has hit in three of their last five matchups.
St. Louis skaters created 22.5 hits per game last season, while the Wild posted 19.5 hits per matchup.