Minnesota Wild Favored Over St. Louis Blues

  • What: Minnesota Wild vs. St. Louis Blues
  • Date: Wednesday, March 15, 2023
  • Location: Enterprise Center in St. Louis., MO
  • Time: 9:30 p.m. ET
  • How to Watch: TNT, TVAS

In tonight’s TNT televised late-NHL game, two Western Conference teams who are headed in opposite directions face off when the Minnesota Wild host the St. Louis Blues.

The Wild are the No. 2 team in the Central Division with a record of 38-21-8. The team’s 84 points puts them three points behind the division-leading Dallas Stars. Minnesota is one of the hottest teams in the NHL right now with a 7-0-3 record in their past 10 outings. The Wild are 17-11-5 in road games during the 2023 NHL season and are coming off a 5-4 overtime road loss to the Arizona Coyotes. Minnesota is 2-0-1 on its current road trip, which ends tonight in St. Louis.

The Blues are 17 points behind the Edmonton Oilers in the race for a wild card spot. With that, the postseason seems unlikely for the 29-32-5 St. Louis club. The Blues have a losing home record at 14-15-4 and are 3-5-2 in their past 10 games. St. Louis enters tonight’s game against the Wild following a 5-3 home loss to the Vegas Golden Knights on Sunday.

Before we consider the betting breakdown for tonight’s NHL matchup between the Minnesota Wild and the St. Louis Blues, check out our guide to betting on the 2023 Stanley Cup and our tips for betting on the NHL.

Minnesota Wild vs. St. Louis Blues picks – March 15, 2023

TeamsBetOnline ReviewBovadaGTBets Review
Minnesota Wild-145-150-150
St. Louis Blues+131+130+130

Minnesota Wild breakdown

Of the top teams in the Western Conference, the Minnesota Wild have one of the smallest goal differentials and the lowest goals scored total. The Wild have 195 goals on the season. That total is 14 goals fewer than the Winnipeg Jets, who are the next lowest-scoring team in the top eight in the West. The Wild’s goal differential of plus 17 is only higher than the Kings’ plus seven among potential playoff teams in the division. However, the Kings have scored 228 goals.

Kirill Kaprizov leads the Wild in scoring with 74 points. His 39 goals are also tops on the club. Mats Zuccarello is first in the team in assists with 40. He is second in team scoring with 62 points.

Goaltending has been a bright spot for the Wild. Filip Gustavsson is second in the NHL in goals against average at 2.01. He also has the second-best save percentage in the league at .931. His partner, Marc-Andre Fleury has a 2.77 GAA and a SV % of .909.

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St. Louis Blues breakdown

The past two months have been unkind to the St. Louis Blues. Since January 21, the team has gone 6-12-2. The Blues traded Vladimir Tarasenko, Ivan Barbashev, Ryan O’Reilly and Noel Acciari during that stretch, signaling they are looking toward the future.

Jordan Kyrou leads the Blues in scoring with 63 points. His 30 goals are the most on the team. After Kyrou, the team’s second-highest scorer is Robert Thomas with 58 points. His 42 assists leads the team.

Jordan Binnington is having a bad year in goal for the Blues. His 3.33 GAA and .894 SV % are the lowest numbers of his career.

St. Louis is minus 37 in goal differential this season.

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Best bet for Minnesota Wild vs. St. Louis Blues

The Wild and Blues have played twice during the 2023 NHL season. Minnesota won the first of those meetings, beating the Blues 5-2 in December. St. Louis evened the series with a 3-0 shutout win in January. A lot of changes took place on the Blues’ side of the ledger since those games and they are not the team they were earlier in the season. The best bet for tonight’s game between the Wild and the Blues is to pick the Wild to win.

Pick: Minnesota Wild to beat St. Louis Blues.

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