Since opening operations in 2000, the Minnesota Wild quickly developed the reputation for being the most boring team in the NHL. Defensive hockey has been Minnesota’s Marquee for the past 20 years. But head coach Dean Evason is changing all of that. Following his appointment as interim coach one year ago, Evason sought to open up the offenses. And the NHL betting results have impressed observers and gamblers. Minnesota is winning big while entertaining fans in the process. By contrast, the St. Louis Blues are a disappointment. St. Louis bears little resemblance to their 2019 championship team.
Minnesota Wild at St. Louis Blues
When: Wednesday, May 12, 2021, 9 p.m. ET
Where: Enterprise Center, St. Louis, Missouri
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Minnesota Wild at St. Louis Blues BookMaker Odds Analysis
Minnesota is starting to catch online sportsbook attention for its success. Gamblers that once ignored the Wild are now giving them full consideration. Minnesota’s consistent money-making can’t be overlooked. However, with that attention comes increased prices and the threat of depleted value. St. Louis has frustrated gamblers like few other teams. Casual gamblers haven’t caught up to the fact that the Blues aren’t the same club that won the 2019 Stanley Cup.
Minnesota Goes Wild for Profits
The Minnesota Wild won four of their last five games. Minnesota cleared the Betting on NHL total in eight of their most recent nine games. Now, the Wild are 35-14-5 with 19-17 over the total. Minnesota ranks 9th for goal scoring and 24th for the power play. By contrast, the Wild ranks 11th for goals against and 11th for penalty killing.
Left wing Kirill Kaprizov leads the Wild with 27 goals, 24 assists, and a +11. While left wing Kevin Fiala adds 20 goals and 20 assists. Number one goaltender Cam Talbot brings a .916 save percentage, two shutouts, and 2.59 goals against average.
Blues Go In and Out of Tune
St. Louis continues to make gamblers pull their hair out and has lost four of their last five pro hockey betting matchups. While three of their most recent four games stayed under the total. Now, the Blues are 24-20-9 with 21-32 under the number. St. Louis is 14th in the NHL for goal scoring and 9th for the power play. Of great worry is that the Blues are 22nd for goals against and 29th for penalty killing.
Center and team captain Ryan O’Reilly has been the one steady presence in the Blues lineup. O’Reilly has a team-best 24 goals with 27 assists and a +22. But frustration is mounting because of the inconsistent play of goaltender Jordan Binnington. He brings a .910 save percentage and 2.68 goals against average, and his record is 16-14-8. St. Louis is not nearly as good as it was defensively in 2019. But Binnington must share some of the blame for its decline.
Minnesota Wild at St. Louis Blues Betting Trends
Minnesota got the cash in six of their most recent eight away games. And the Wild are 4-2 over the total on road ice. St. Louis paid in six of their most recent nine games on home ice. So too, are the Blues are 2-4-1 under the total at home.
St. Louis is 7-2 in their hockey betting series against the Wild. Four of the last five between the Blues and Wild cleared the total. And then Minnesota lost three straight games at St. Louis. Three of the most recent four games in this series at Enterprise Center went under the total.
Minnesota Wild at St. Louis Blues Free Pick
The Blues have dominated their NHL gambling series with the Wild. Following bad St. Louis stretches have come impressive winning streaks. St. Louis is due after their latest bad spell.
Wild at Blues Best Bet: St. Louis Blues
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