The Minnesota Wild visit the Enterprise Center in St. Louis, where they will face off against the St. Louis Blues. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 pm central. The Wild are 7-3-2 on the season thus far, good enough for 4th place in the Central division. A member of the same division, the Blues are 4-4-3, a record earning them 7th place. They have been on a bit of a rebound after a slow start, but still don’t look like the team that should result from the free agent acquisitions fro this past offseason.
Minnesota’s last game was a 4-3 win over the Oilers on a late goal by Granlund. Zach Parise, Jared Spurgeon, and Eric Staal also tallied in the game. The Wild also won that game despite being outshot 37-28 for the game, and also in each of the first two periods of the game. However, the difference was in the power play. Minnesota had 3 power play opportunities in the game, and Edmonton had 5. The Wild were 3 for 3 on their man advantages, while the Oilers failed to capitalize on their 10 minutes of power play time at all. If the Wild can capitalize on just a couple of their man advantages in this game, they should have a good chance to win the game.
The Blues’ last game was also a win, except theirs was against Vegas. Oskar Sundqvist tallied twice for the Blues in this one. Vladimir Tarasenko scored a goal as well, as did Colton Parayko. A Tyler Bozak goal sealed a 2 goal win for the Blues.
The St. Louis Blues are favored in this matchup: at -130.
Minnesota Led by Trio
For the Wild, Mikael Granlund is tied with Zach Parise and Ryan Suter for the team lead in points. They each have 12 points on the season. Suter leads the team in assists, while Granlund leads in goals. Devan Dubnyk has been good in net for Minnesota as well, with a 2.19 goals against average and a .937 save percentage.
Newcomer Leads St. Louis
For the Blues, Ryan O’Reilly leads in points with 15 already on the season. Tarasenko lead in goals with 6, with O’Reilly leading in assists with his 12. Allen has not shown himself to be the lockdown goalie that the Blues expected him to be. He has a .878 save percentage, and a 3.88 goals against average. These are subpar stats that he will look to improve greatly to be considered one of the better goalies in the game.
Minnesota Tops St. Louis
Honestly, it is unclear as to why the Blues are even favored in this game. The names on their roster make them look like a good team, but they aren’t playing like one. They are a team that is barely .500 with a goaltender that is not even close to playing up to his potential. Then, you have the Wild who are playing great hockey: they are good on the power play, solid at goaltender, solid on the penalty kill, and have good defense. They are the clear choice in this game. Bet on the Minnesota Wild at +110.
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