Minnesota Wild vs St. Louis Blues Prediction, 12/31/2022 NHL Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Minnesota Wild vs St. Louis Blues
Date: Saturday, December 31, 2022
Location: Enterprise Center in St. Louis, MO
TV: Bally Sports Midwest
Odds/Point Spread: Wild (-110) Blues (-110)
The St. Louis Blues (17-16-3) are welcoming the Minnesota Wild (20-13-2) at Enterprise Center on Saturday. The moneyline on this matchup has the Wild at -110 while the Blues are sitting at -110. The over/under is 6.
The Minnesota Wild were on the wrong end of the scoreboard with a 4-1 defeat against the Stars in the last game they played. The Wild left a lot to be desired in terms of their offense in the defeat. In the game, they tallied a score on 1 out of the 24 shots they tried. They also had 2 chances with the advantage but didn't convert them into a score. Minnesota compiled 18 penalty minutes for this matchup.
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While at even strength, the Wild have conceded 74 goals while having 81 of their own. Minnesota Wild opponents have 119 power play tries (12th in professional hockey) and have scored 25 goals in those chances. With respect to scoring goals, the Minnesota Wild have racked up 108 goals (21st in the National Hockey League) on the season and have conceded 99. Minnesota has tried 1,080 shots and holds a shooting percentage of 10.0%. For the year, they have tallied 42 points and their points percentage is sitting at .600. The Wild have seen 1,033 shots attempted against them and have earned a save percentage of .904. Minnesota has compiled 114 power play opportunities and they have added 27 goals out of those attempts, giving them a rate of 23.68%.
Patrolling the crease for the game will be Marc-Andre Fleury. Opponents have been able to score 2,389 goals against Fleury in his pro career and his goals against average per contest is 2.57. Fleury has played in 961 games during his professional hockey career. His save percentage is .913 in his 55,671 mins guarding the cage. He has earned a win-loss record of 532-307-88 and got the start in 805 games. Throughout his time in hockey, Fleury has 442 quality starts and his percentage for quality starts is .549. Fleury has seen 27,354 shot attempts taken against him and has recorded 24,965 total saves.
When they were on the ice last, St. Louis played the Blackhawks in a game where the Blues notched a win by a mark of 3-1. They had 3 chances on the power play in this matchup but didn't put one in the back of the net. The Blues netted 3 goals out of the 29 shots on goal they attempted.
The Blues have accumulated 87 goals at even strength and 23 goals (22nd in hockey) while on the power play. St. Louis has attempted 1,061 shots (22nd in professional hockey) and has a shooting percentage of 10.37%, while allowing the other team 1,166 shots. So far this year, the St. Louis Blues have 110 goals, 37 points, and a points percentage of .514. They have granted a total of 129 goals to be scored by of a combination of 104 goals at even strength and 25 goals while they had less men on the ice. They have earned 101 opportunities on the power play and they have accumulated a power play percentage of 22.77%. They have accumulated a penalty kill rate of 70.93% on their opponents 86 power play opportunities, and their save percentage currently comes in at 88.9%.
For the opposition you will find Jordan Binnington between the pipes. He has recorded 4,872 saves out of 5,359 shots attempted against him, which gives him a save percentage of .909. Binnington is the owner of a career record of 103-57-23 and has been in net for 189 contests. He has started in 185 games and his ice time sits at 10,988 minutes. Binnington's rate of quality starts is 53.0% and he has 98 quality starts in his professional career. Teams are averaging 2.66 goals per contest and he has yielded 487 goals altogether.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread or moneyline?
Guy's Pick: Take St. Louis (-110)
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