May 2, 2022; Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA; St. Louis Blues goaltender Ville Husso (35) makes a save against the Minnesota Wild in the third period in game one of the first round of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Xcel Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports
- The Minnesota Wild are -125 home favorites to win Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Western Conference opening-round series over the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday, May 4
- St. Louis stole home-ice advantage in a 4-0 triumph on Monday night.
- See the Game 2 Blues vs Wild odds below plus betting picks
The St. Louis Blues were the more dominant team on special teams Monday. That resulted in a 4-0 win that left Minnesota and its fans a little stunned.
On the other hand, Minnesota is seeing the inevitable bounce back in the numbers when it comes to betting Game 2. Some are pointing to the David Perron hat trick as a bit of a fluke. The real difference may have been a healthy Torey Krug, who had three assists and frustrated Minnesota players all night. Minnesota must ignite its offense and find a way to solve Ville Husso, who made 37 saves in Game 1.
As for Game 2 of this best-of-seven set with the Stars, oddsmakers still are willing to run Wild. Minnesota is now set as a -125 home favorite. The Blues do seem to have a blueprint in playing the Wild and have won their previous six meetings.
Blues vs Wild Odds
|Game Time (ET)||Team||Moneyline||Puck Line||Total|
|Wednesday May 4||St. Louis Blues||+105||+1.5 (-230)||O 6.0 (-125)|
|9:30 pm ET||Minnesota Wild||-125||-1.5 (+190)||U 6.0 (+105)|
Odds as of May 3rd at Caesars Sportsbook.
The puck is scheduled to drop at 9:30 pm ET at Xcel Energy Center. ESPN is carrying the broadcast.
St. Louis vs Minnesota NHL Betting Trends
Now, NHL betting lines show believe that Minnesota (+1600) has shorter numbers in the Stanley Cup odds when compared to the St. Louis Blues (+2000). This is a number that could change in time if Minnesota does not find a way to bounce back in Game 2.
#mnwild can win this series. But goodness, there are folks on this medium trying to convince fans last night was a surprise. The notes have won 15 of the last 16 games played between the two & the #mnwild PK was dead-crack last in NHL since Jan 8. Those are trends, not surprises.
— x – Tom Hoen (@thoen88) May 3, 2022
Given the current odds, the favored Wild are only given a 52.9% implied probability of victory in Game 2. As for public wagering splits, 44% of the bets placed against the spread are on the Blues at +1.5 The moneyline splits are showing 56% of bets are on the Wild at -125 odds. Finally, 56% of the public bets are on the Over of 6.0.
Blues vs Wild Recent Results
|5/2/2022||Minnesota 0 St. Louis 4||STL||STL||Under|
|4/16/2022||St. Louis 6 Minnesota 5 (OT)||STL||MIN||Over|
|4/8/2022||St. Louis 4 Minnesota 3 (OT)||STL||MIN||Over|
|1/1/2022||Minnesota 4 St. Louis 6||STL||STL||Over|
|5/13/2021||St. Louis 7 Minnesota 3||STL||STL||Over|
Husso won 25 games in 38 decisions while posting two shutouts and now a playoff shutout.
St. Louis vs Minnesota Injury Report
The Wild injury report is clean for all intents and purposes. On the other hand. St. Louis did not roster Marco Scandella due to injury but Brayden Schenn did play in Game 1.
— St. Louis Game Time (@StLouisGameTime) May 2, 2022
There is a possibility that Marco Scandella may be healthy enough but just cannot crack the Blues lineup on defense.
Playoff Husso Has A Familiar Feel
His first taste of playoff success was on Monday night in Minnesota in a hostile environment. Naturally, Ville Husso had no problems at all in the 4-0 win.
— St. Louis Blues (@StLouisBlues) May 3, 2022
Minnesota had plenty of scoring chances but could not solve the St. Louis goaltender on Monday night. At even strength, the Wild had 12 high-danger scoring chances. Ville Husso stopped them all.
Blues vs Wild Projected Starting Goalies
Ville Husso simply continued to do what Jordan Binnington has done to Minnesota in the last 16 meetings and that is mostly win and often.
— KSTPSports (@KSTPSports) May 3, 2022
It does appear like this will be Marc-Andre Fleury’s start as Game 2 approaches barring something unforeseen. Cam Talbot gave up ten goals in two meetings this season versus St. Louis.
Blues vs Wild Game 2 Prediction
The Blues just keep finding ways to frustrate the Wild over and over again. It felt like the same old song and dance once again. St. Louis and its goaltender made the saves in crucial moments. The Minnesota goaltender did not. The Minnesota Wild special teams failed where the Blues’ special teams thrived.
Great game plan by St Louis Blues HC Craig Berube by taking Minny’s best player Kaprizov everytime thru the Neutral zone.
Kaprizov looked frustrated…look for some adjustments by Dean Evason and the Wild in game 2 .
— Rick Tocchet (@RealRocket22) May 3, 2022
Now, if Craig Berube and St. Louis can keep doing this to Minnesota’s top line and Kaprizov, this could be a short series. Minnesota must find a way to solve Ville Husso early in Game 2 and sustain their level of play in all phases. Anything less will spell a fate similar to Game 1.
Pick: St. Louis Blues Moneyline (+105)
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