Planning on watching today’s Blues and Wild game? Catch the action at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, MN, as the Wild hosts this showdown at 2:00 ET on ESPN+. The over/under for this game is set at 5.5 goals, and the Wild are favored by -1.5 against the Blues in a Central division matchup.

ST. LOUIS BLUES VS MINNESOTA WILD BETTING PICK

The Pick: Minnesota Wild -1.5

This game will be played at Xcel Energy Center at 2:00 ET on Saturday, March 23rd.

WHY BET THE MINNESOTA WILD:

  • Despite being 1.5 goal underdogs, we predict the Blues to come out on top with a final score of 4-3.
  • We like the Blues on the moneyline (+121)
  • The Blues are also our pick on the spread at +1.5

Does St. Louis Have What it Takes to Win as Road Underdogs?

On the season, the Blues have gone 37-29-3 and are 9th in the Western Conference standings. In the Central Division, they are in 5th place. Against teams in the Western Conference, St. Louis has gone 21-18.

When playing on the road this season, the Blues have gone 16-17-2, and they have won two straight games on the road. As the underdog, St. Louis has gone 29-21-3 this year.

On the road, the Blues have gone 18-17 vs. the puck line this season, and they have an average scoring margin of -.5 goals per game. This year, St. Louis has been the underdog in 53 of their games, and their overall puck line record is 41-28.

So far, the Blues have 23 wins by multiple goals and 14 wins by one goal. In their last ten games, St. Louis has gone 7-3 vs. the puck line, and their puck line record as the underdog is 34-19.

For the season, St. Louis’ games have finished with an average of 5.9 goals per game. Their average over/under line for the season is 6.2. Overall, the Blues have an over/under record of 28-34-7.

When looking at their past three road matchups, St. Louis has an puck line record of 2-1 while averaging 3 per game. The team went 2-1 overall in these games.

In terms of their offensive performance, the Blues are averaging 2.9 goals per game this season, putting them in the 26th spot in the NHL. When it comes to shots on goal per game, they are ranked 25th in the league. Coming into the game, the Blues have a 13-9 record when they have more shots on goal than their opponent. When they have fewer shots on goal, they are 23-18.

The leading scorer for St. Louis’ offense is Pavel Buchnevich. Coming into the game he has 24 goals, ranking 52nd in the NHL. In addition to his goal scoring, Buchnevich has 29 assists this season.

The Wild defense is currently 17th in goals allowed. Opponents are averaging 29.8 shots per game against Minnesota. In terms of shutouts, they come into the game ranked 9th with 5 shutouts.

Entering the game, goalie Jordan Binnington has started 46 games this season. His current record stands at 24-18, and his save percentage is 0.964%.

Can the Wild Live Up to the Hype at Home?

At home this season, the Wild have gone 18-12-4, and they have won four straight games on their home ice. In the Central Division, Minnesota is in 6th place with a record of 8-13.

On the year, the Wild have gone 34-28-8 and have 76 points, which puts them in 10th place in the Western Conference. Over their last 10 games, Minnesota is 6-4, and they have gone 3-2 in their last five games.

At home this season, the Wild have a puck line record of 17-17 and an average scoring margin of .0 goals per game. So far, they have 23 wins by multiple goals.

Minnesota’s puck line record for the year is 37-33, and their puck line record as the favorite is 14-19. In their last ten games at home, the Wild have a puck line record of 5-5.

Games involving Minnesota have an average of 6.3 goals per game this season. Their average over/under line is 6.2. In terms of their over/under performance, the Wild come in with a record of 33-33-4.

When looking at their past three road matchups, St. Louis has an puck line record of 2-1 while averaging 3 per game. The team went 2-1 overall in these games.

On the offensive side, the Wild are scoring an 3 goals per game this season, ranking 18th in the NHL. When it came to shots on target per game, they are 20th in the league. This season, the Wild are 20-13 when getting more shots on goal than their opponents. And in games with fewer shots on goal, they have a 13-15 record.

The leading scorer for Minnesota’s offense is Kirill Kaprizov. Coming into the game he has 36 goals, ranking 13th in the NHL. In addition to his goal scoring, Kaprizov has 41 assists this season.

In terms of defense, the Wild head into the game ranked 17th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 29.8 shots per game against Minnesota. So far, they are 9th in shutouts, achieving 5 shutouts.

Goalie Filip Gustavsson comes into the game having made 38 starts this season. So far, his record is 18-15 and he has a save percentage of 0.8%.