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Can the Blues Survive Another Assault to Sweep the Series?

This is it for the Wild. They’re down three games to none in a series they were expected to easily win and they opened as the underdog to a Blues team they’ve beaten just twice in their last 10 meetings dating back to last March. St. Louis has blocked a bone-bruising 63 shots in the series so far and should expect to face another trial by fire this evening as the Wild look to avoid the sweep in St. Lou.

SHARK BITES
  • The Wild are 2-7 SU and 1-8 ATS in their last nine games against their division.
  • The Blues have been outshot by an average of 12.7 per game in this series.
  • The Wild are 2-11 SU in their last 13 games in the playoffs.

The story of this series is Fredericton, New Brunswick’s own Jake Allen. He has a .974 save percentage in three Blues’ wins this postseason but that number leaves a lot out of the narrative. The Wild have generated just 22 high-danger scoring opportunities in the series and they’ve scored on three of them – their only three goals of the postseason. Most of Minnesota’s shots are coming from a long way out and a high percentage of them have been getting blocked or slowed down by Blues players.

If the Wild want to keep the broom in the closet, they’ll have to get a little more creative in the offensive zone and start trying some of that tic-tac-toe stuff that landed the likes of Mikael Granlund, Mikko Koivu and Zach Parise on the highlight reel all regular season. Parise’s goal in Game 3 was reminiscent of that but when push came to shove, the Wild threw caution to the wind and started firing shots from the blue line and beyond, desperate in their attempts to beat Allen.

Keeping other teams off the scoresheet has been the Blues’ calling card since Mike Yeo took over behind the bench and there’s no reason to think that trend will curb tonight. UNDER 5 is a solid play with St. Louis likely playing things pretty close to the vest.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The Minnesota Wild were listed as 100 underdogs on the NHL hockey moneyline earlier at Bet365. The over under total was set at 5 before betting started earlier on Wednesday at Bovada.

Odds Shark computer prediction handicapping models run on this game pick a 3.7-2.1 victory for the Blues. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.

Minnesota Wild vs St. Louis Blues Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The St. Louis Blues sport a record of 49-29-7 heading into this matchup, while the Minnesota Wild sit at 49-27-9 on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 34-38-13 for the Blues and 42-34-9 for the Wild. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and St. Louis vs Minnesota injuries news.

The Odds Shark NHL Power Rankings have the St. Louis Blues at No. 6 and the Minnesota Wild at No. 16 heading into this contest.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the St. Louis Blues No. 14-ranked offense (2.85 goals per game) against a Minnesota Wild defense that ranks No. 7 at 2.53 goals per game allowed. The Blues powerplay has clicked at a 20.9% rate while the Wild have a 83.11% rate on the penalty kill.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Minnesota was a 3-1 loser in its last match on the road against the Blues. They lost as -128 underdogs, while the total score of 4 made winners of UNDER bettors.

Betting Trends
  • Minnesota is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Minnesota is 6-13 SU in its last 19 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Minnesota's last 5 games
  • Minnesota is 1-8 ATS in its last 9 games on the road
  • St. Louis is 13-5 ATS in its last 18 games
  • St. Louis is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of St. Louis's last 5 games
  • St. Louis is 5-15 ATS in its last 20 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Minnesota home to St. Louis, Saturday, April 22nd

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