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Minnesota Wild at St. Louis Blues Betting Preview/Player Prop

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The St. Louis Blues host the Minnesota Wild again on Saturday night, and this is a crucial game for both teams. St. Louis blasted Minnesota by a score of 9-1 on Thursday night, but this rematch should be a much closer game.

Minnesota comes into this game with 50 points on the season, which has them in third place in the West Division. The Wild have lost two of their last three games, and they need to find a way to turn things back around.

St. Louis recently went through a rough seven-game losing streak, and it knocked them way down in the standings. The Blues have picked up just 42 points on the year, which has them in fifth place in the West and out of a playoff spot. 

The Wild are slight favorites in this game at -118 over the St. Louis Blues. Puck drop is at 8:00 P.M. Eastern.

 

Wild Winning With Defense

The Wild allows just 2.69 goals per game, and they are much better than what they showed in the recent blowout loss. Minnesota has killed off 85 percent of their penalties this season, which has kept other teams off the board.

Minnesota is scoring just under three goals per game, but most experts don’t consider the Wild to be an explosive offensive attack. Kirill Kaprizov has the potential to be a top player in this league. He leads the Wild with 16 goals and 34 points. 

If the Wild can keep the final score to fewer than five goals, Minnesota should have a shot to come out on top. 

Blues Suddenly Scoring Goals

St. Louis has not been a very explosive offensive team in recent seasons, but they have flipped the script this season. The Blues are averaging 2.85 goals per game, but they showed how explosive they can be in the win on Thursday night. 

Center Ryan O’Reilly leads the team with 16 goals, but David Perron is the most important offensive player on the roster. Perron has a team-high 39 points, and he knows how to set up his teammates for goals.

Goaltender Jordan Binnington picked up the win Friday, but he has not had a good season for St. Louis. However, Binnington has been better of late.

To spot Binnington, Ville Husso will likely start Saturday. Husso has a 6-5-1 record this season, along with a 3.58 GAA and an .883 save percentage.

St. Louis wants to limit the scoring chances for Minnesota, much as it did on Thursday. 

Wild Recover For Win

Rookie goaltender Kaapo Kahkonen was hung out to dry Friday night, letting in all nine goals. It was the most goals the Wild allowed in a game in franchise history. 

Instead, the Wild hand the reins to Cam Talbot Saturday night. Talbot is 12-6-2 this season, and he has a 2.44 GAA, a .923 save percentage, and two shutouts. 

The goaltending change will help the Wild, who will be playing with a chip on their shoulders after Friday night's embarrassment. 

Betting Pick: Minnesota Wild (-118).

Player Prop

Kevin Fiala (-135) Over 2.5 Total Shots

The Wild will be looking to jump on the Blues early to erase any reminder of yesterday’s 9-1 drubbing. That should mean plenty of opportunities for Fiala.

The 24-year-old Swiss winger is second on the team in points (25) and goals (14), while leading the Wild in shots (118).

Fiala has been very active around the net of late. For the month of April, he’s averaging 5.4 shots per game and found a way to get 5 off last night in the losing effort against the Blues. He has not had less than 4 shots in any of the last 6 games.

We expect Minnesota to try to get Fiala going early tonight and will take him to go Over (-135) 2.5 shots against St. Louis.

 

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