After being embarrassed at home in Game 1 of their best-of-seven first-round series, the Minnesota Wild will try to look past the 4-0 defeat and win Game 2 over the St. Louis Blues.
The Blues, however, aren’t satisfied with getting home-ice advantage after the victory in Minnesota and are riding a six-game win streak over their Central Division rivals.
Will the Wild get satisfaction on Wednesday or will the Blues put Minnesota into an even deeper hole. Find out in our free NHL picks and predictions for Blues vs. Wild on Wednesday, May 4.
Blues vs Wild odds
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Despite being shut out in Game 1, the Wild are again the favorite to defeat the Blues, opening at -120 and going as high as -130 at Caesars. The Blues opened at +100 and have gotten as high as +114 at BetRivers. The total opened at six goals but has gone to 6.5 at several sportsbooks. The Over on six is -125, while the Under is at +105.
Blues vs Wild predictions
- Prediction: Blues ML (+114)
- Prediction: Over 6 (-125)
- Best bet: Perron ATG and O'Reilly to get 1 point (+400)
Predictions made on 5/4/2022 at 11:15 a.m. ET.
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Blues vs Wild game info
• Location: Xcel Energy Center, Saint Paul, MN
• Date: Wednesday, May 4, 2022
• Puck drop: 9:30 p.m. ET
• TV: ESPN, Sportsnet 360
Blues vs Wild series odds
Blues vs Wild betting preview
Blues: MacKenzie MacEachern LW (Out), Scott Perunovich D (Out), Marco Scandella D (Questionable).
Wild: No injuries to report.
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Blues vs Wild head-to-head record in last 11 meetings
Blues: 10-0-1 SU, 55 goals for.
Wild: 1-6-4 SU, 29 goals for.
Betting trend to know
The Blues are 15-2-1 straight up in the last 18 meetings between the two teams. Find more NHL betting trends for Blues vs. Wild.
Blues vs Wild picks and predictions
Our side and total predictions are based upon our analysis of the line and total in this game. Our best bet is our favorite pick across all markets.
The St. Louis Blues have had the Minnesota Wild’s number in the regular season and now it has carried over to the playoffs. The last time the Wild beat the Blues was more than two years ago.
The opening game of the first round between the two teams won’t instill any confidence in the Wild. They looked awful in the 4-0 defeat, losing the battle in just about every category.
The most glaring was the power play. When they had it, the Wild couldn’t score, going 0-for-6 with the extra man.
They were equally as inept when shorthanded. The Blues scored twice with the six opportunities with the man advantage.
It shouldn’t be a surprise. The Blues were second in the league during the regular season on the PP, converting 27% of the time. This doesn’t bode well for the Wild, who were third in penalty minutes with 882.
Minnesota dodged a crippling blow to an already maligned defense when first-unit blueliner Jared Spurgeon avoided suspension after crosschecking the ankle of Blues winger Pavel Buchnevich in Game 1.
The Blues are 8-1 in their last nine road games. The Wild should play better in Game 2, but it won't be enough to avoid a 2-0 deficit with the series shifting gears to St. Louis for Game 3.
Prediction: Blues moneyline (+114 at BetRivers)
The Under hit with ease in the first game, but that might not be the case for Game 2. The Blues won’t slow down with the scoring. The Over is 4-1 in the last five meetings between these rivals.
The Over is also 3-0-1 for the Wild following a loss of three or more goals and 4-0-1 in their last five at home after a loss of three or more goals.
The Blues are trending on the Over as well, as it's 9-1-1 in their last 11 when their opponent scored two goals or fewer in the previous game. It's also 12-2-2 in St. Louis’ last 16 games as an underdog. This team is no stranger to lighting the red lamp.
One thing that will bring the Over quickly into play is a repeat performance by Wild goalie Marc-Andre Fleury and the defense. Both struggled in the first game and if they put up another stinker, the Blues might hit the Over by themselves.
Putting Cam Talbot in net might not be the answer, either. He faced the Blues twice in the regular season and lost both times.
St. Louis goalie Ville Husso was spectacular in Game 1, stopping all 37 shots he faced, but he won’t pitch another shutout. This game will be a lot closer, and a one-goal difference should occur. Think 4-3 or 5-4.
Prediction: Over 6 (-125 at Caesars)
With all the attention in the first game on the Blues’ first line of Buchnevich, Robert Thomas, and Vladimir Tarasenko, the second line of David Perron, Ryan O’Reilly, and Brandon Saad was able to thrive on Monday. The trio accounted for seven points as Perron had a hat trick and an assist. Meanwhile, O’Reilly had a goal and an assist and Saad added a helper of his own.
This isn’t the first time O’Reilly and Perron have each had a point against the Wild. In an April game, Perron scored and O’Reilly got the assist.
The prop bet by DraftKings of Perron scoring and O’Reilly to get at least a point has tremendous value at +400.
It also occurred in two of three meetings with the Wild. I like it to hit again.
Pick: David Perron anytime goal and Ryan O'Reilly to record a point (+400 at DraftKings)
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