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Wild Favored to Avoid Third Straight Loss to Suddenly Hot Blues

Ryan O'Reilly and the St. Louis Blues are moneyline underdogs in NHL betting odds for their clash with the Minnesota Wild on Monday night.

The St. Louis Blues meet up with the Minnesota Wild on Monday night for the fourth time this season and for the third time in four nights. The Blues lead the season series 2-1 after winning Friday and Saturday’s games by a combined score of 12-3.

St. Louis Blues vs Minnesota Wild
  • Date/Time: April 12, 8 p.m. ET
  • Arena: Xcel Energy Center
  • TV Coverage: FSMW
  • Opening Odds: Wild -120 | O/U 5.5 (Line History)
  • Blues vs Wild Matchup Report

Opening Odds Analysis

The game opened with the Wild as favorites at -120 and the line has since moved into the -130 to -145 range. The total opened at 5.5 and has stayed at that number with EVEN odds on the OVER and UNDER at most sportsbooks.

St. Louis News & Notes

The St. Louis Blues are 3-6-1 in their last 10 games but are coming off two impressive wins over the Wild and have closed the gap to seven points in the battle for third in the West Division. The Blues smoked the Wild 9-1 on Friday night in one of their most impressive wins in some time.

The Blues scored seven even-strength goals in the win, out-chancing Minnesota 23-15 with eight high-danger chances to the Wild’s four. They also outshot the Wild 32-24 at even strength and thoroughly dominated their opponents in terms of expected goals, controlling a 63.17 percent share.

Ryan O’Reilly had three goals and four points in that big win and now leads the team with 17 goals in 41 games. Only David Perron (40) has more points than O’Reilly (39) for the Blues.

Minnesota News & Notes

After the Friday beatdown at the hands of O’Reilly and the Blues, the Wild rebounded nicely on Saturday despite taking the loss 3-2 in overtime. The Wild doubled the number of high-danger scoring chances the Blues had (6-3) and outshot them 19-17 at even strength.

It has been a weird week for the Wild, who beat the second-place Golden Knights twice in a row on the road last weekend, then beat the first-place Avalanche 8-3 a couple of games later before taking the 9-1 loss in St. Louis. Overall, the team is still comfortably in a playoff position and playing great defensive hockey.

The Wild are seventh in expected goals against this season and have given up the fewest high-danger scoring chances in the league.

Goalie Cam Talbot is a big reason for the team’s success. The journeyman has had some rough seasons but has found his form in his first campaign with the Wild, going 12-6-3 with a .922 save percentage.

Betting Pick: Wild -140

It’s hard to see a team as good as the Wild losing three in a row to the team directly behind them in the standings. The Blues deserve a lot of credit for the big victory on Friday but it looks like an outlier when you consider the Wild’s season as a whole. The Wild were also arguably the better team in Saturday’s loss. We like them to find a win here.

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Shark Bites
  • The total has gone UNDER in 7 of the Blues’ last 9 games.
  • The Wild are 12-1 SU in their last 13 games at home.
  • The Blues are 5-12 SU in their last 17 games.