So far as the first month of the season winds down the defending Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues have been in and out. Head coach Craig Berube’s team has been wildly inconsistent but with no real damage to start the year. By contrast the Minnesota Wild have been very consistent with the NHL betting odds. Consistently bad that is. The Wild may play for the offensive minded head coach Bruce Boudreau but their metrics are more like their days under Mike Yeo, minus the strong defense. Minnesota will try and get their season back on track and their coach’s seat cooled off at St. Louis Wednesday night.
Minnesota Wild vs. St. Louis Blues
When: Wednesday, October 30, 2019, 8 p.m. ET
Where: Enterprise Center, St. Louis, Missouri
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Minnesota Wild vs. St. Louis Blues Wagering Odds Analysis
Based on the poor play of the Wild and the Blues status as defending Stanley Cup champions the betting money will certainly flow more towards St. Louis.
Minnesota Wild Current Form
The Wild are 4-7 with only four of their games going under the total. Minnesota ranks 27th for goal scoring, 22nd for the power play, 22nd for goals against and 21st for the penalty kill. If those are numbers indicative of a team with no real strengths that would be a good analysis, at least so far. In particular the weak goal production and terrible goaltending of Devan Dubnyk have been the major disappointments. Boudreau survived an ugly front office war that was started by former general manager Paul Fenton, who was fired last summer, but this current track is not sustainable for his tenure.
St. Louis Blues Current Form
The Blues are 5-3-2-1 to start the season. Overall St. Louis ranks 17th in the NHL for goal scoring and 10th for the power play. In the same way the back end has not impressed with marks of 17th for goals against although eighth for penalty killing. Last year’s playoff hero Jordan Binnington remains solid in goal. Vladimir Tarasenko has been bothered with an upper body issue that has put his status at day to day.
Key Wild: C Eric Staal (3 G, 3 A, -7, 0 PPG, 1 PPA, 13.0 SPCT), D Brad Hunt (4 G, 2 A, 6 PTS, +2, 21.1 SPCT)
Key Blues: C Brayden Schenn (8 G, 3 A, 11 PTS, -1, 2 PPG, 2 PPA, 34.8 SPCT), RW Vladimir Tarasenko (3 G, 7 A, 10 PTS, -2, 1 PPG, 2 PPA, 11.5 SPCT)
Between the Pipes
Wild Goaltenders: Devan Dubnyk (2-5, 3.92 GAA, .880 SV%), Alex Stalock (2-2, 1.98 GAA, .928 SV%)
Blues Goaltenders: Jordan Binnington (4-2-3, 2.53 GAA, .916 SV%)
Minnesota and St. Louis Betting Trends
The Wild are:
2-8 in their last 10 away games
2-7-1 under the total away from home
6-1 in their last seven games with the Blues
3-4 under the total in their head to head series with St. Louis
6-14 in their last 20 road games against Central Division rivals
3-4-1 under the total away vs. the Central Division
The Blues are:
6-5 in their last 11 home games
7-3 over the total at Enterprise Center
1-4 in their last five home games against Minnesota
4-3-2 over the total when hosting the Wild
5-2 at Enterprise Center against Central Division teams
2-10-1 under the total when hosting the Central Division
Minnesota vs. St. Louis Free Picks
In this situation the Wild are a better value. St. Louis is not playing good enough to make the big lay and the Wild are better than their early season record with the NHL Odds.
Wild vs. Blues NHL Odds Best Bet: Minnesota Wild
Wild vs. Blues NHL Odds Score Prediction: Wild 2, Blues 1
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