St. Louis Blues vs Minnesota Wild Prediction, 5/2/2022 NHL Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: St. Louis Blues vs Minnesota Wild
Date: Monday, May 2, 2022
Location: Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul, MN
Odds/Point Spread: Blues (+110) Wild (-133)
The St. Louis Blues (49-21-11) are en route to Xcel Energy Center on Monday where they will take on the Minnesota Wild (52-22-7). The moneyline on this matchup has St. Louis at +110 and Minnesota is coming in at -133. The over/under is 6.
The St. Louis Blues will need a bounce back game after taking a 7-4 defeat to the Golden Knights their last time out. The Blues had a great offensive game plan going into this one and it showed in the defeat. In the outing, they netted 4 out of the 18 shots they put on net. In addition, they had 3 power play chances and were able to net 2 goals. St. Louis recorded 6 mins in the box for this contest.
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With respect to their goal scoring prowess, the St. Louis Blues have notched 309 goals (3rd in the NHL) this year and have conceded 239. For the season, they have tallied 109 points and their points percentage sits at .673. St. Louis has 238 power play chances and they have scored 63 goals out of those tries, earning them a rate of 26.47%. While playing at even strength, the Blues have conceded 205 goals while notching 246 on the offensive side of the ice. St. Louis has taken 2,492 shots and is the owner of a shooting percentage of 12.4%. The Blues have had 2,591 shots tried against them and are the owners of a save percentage of .908. St. Louis Blues opponents have totaled 218 power play opportunities (26th in the NHL) and have a total of 34 goals in those chances.
The man in net for this game is Ville Husso. Opponents have been able to score 149 goals against Husso in his pro hockey career and his goals against rate is 2.74. Husso has participated in 57 games throughout his hockey career. His save percentage currently is at .912 for his 3,258 mins on the ice. He has amassed a win-loss record of 34-13-7 and he started in 53 games. In his career, Husso has accrued 30 quality starts and his quality starts rate is .566. Husso has had 1,696 shot attempts against him and has accrued 1,547 total saves.
The last time they were on the ice, Minnesota faced the Avalanche in a matchup where the Wild got the win by a final of 4-1. They had 5 power play attempts in this one but weren't able to put one in the back of the net. The Wild scored 4 goals out of the 22 shots on goal they attempted.
Minnesota has attempted 2,666 shots (11th in the NHL) and has accumulated a shooting percentage of 11.44%, while allowing their opponents 2,577 shots. They have a penalty kill percentage of 75.77% on their opponents 260 power play opportunities, and their save percentage sits at 90.3%. They have recorded 253 power play opportunities and they have accumulated a power play rate of 20.95%. The Wild are sitting with 252 goals at even strength and 53 goals (11th in pro hockey) while on the power play. They have allowed 249 goals to be scored by of a combination of 186 goals at even strength and 63 goals while they were shorthanded. For the season, the Minnesota Wild have a total of 305 goals, 111 points, in addition to a points percentage of .685.
On the other side of the ice you are expected to see Marc-Andre Fleury in net. His opposition is averaging 2.57 goals per game and he has given up 2,328 goals overall. Fleury's quality start percentage is 55.0% and he has 431 quality starts in his career. He got the starting nod in 783 games and his ice time sits at 54,389 minutes. Fleury is sitting with a lifetime record of 520-299-87 and has participated in 939 contests. He has tallied 24,400 saves out of the 26,728 shots attempted against him, which gives him a save percentage of .913.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread or moneyline?
Josh's Pick: Take St. Louis (+110)
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