May 8, 2022; St. Louis, Missouri, USA; Minnesota Wild defenseman Jonas Brodin (25) blocks a shot from St. Louis Blues right wing Vladimir Tarasenko (91) during the third period in game four of the first round of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Enterprise Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Le-USA TODAY Sports
- The St. Louis Blues and Minnesota Wild play Game 5 on Tuesday, May 10th
- Minnesota is -141 home favorites in the Blues vs Wild odds
- Read below for Game 5 Blues vs Wild picks and odds
The Minnesota Wild vs St. Louis Blues Round 1 NHL Playoff series is now a best-of-three. Game 5 will be played on Tuesday, May 10th at Xcel Energy Center (9:30 PM EST). ESPN will carry the broadcast.
Minnesota is a -141 home favorites in the Game 5 Blues vs Wild odds. The total is set at 6.5 as the two Western Conference clubs continue to light up the scoresheet.
Let’s take a look at the Blues vs Wild odds for Game 5 and find the NHL best bet.
Blues vs Wild Odds Game 5
|St. Louis Blues||+120||+1.5 (-205)||O 6.5 (-104)|
|Minnesota Wild||-141||-1.5 (+165)||U 6.5 (-118)|
Odds as of May 9th at Caesars Sportsbook.
The Wild are listed on the puckline at +165 odds, while the Blues are priced at -205 to keep the game within two goals.
With the series tied 2-2, Minnesota is listed as -139 favorites to advance onto Round 2. The Wild are also available at +1600 in the 2022 Stanley Cup odds.
St. Louis vs Minnesota Betting Analysis
The Blues vs Wild playoff series is tied 2-2 after St. Louis won Game 4 by a 5-2 score Sunday. Jordan Binnington made 28 saves in his 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs debut, while David Perron and Jordan Kyrou both scored twice.
While the Blues won Game 4 convincingly, the numbers suggest Minnesota has been the better team in the series. The Wild have a 58.97 xGF% at five-on-five in the series, while the Blues have a 41.03 xGF%.
Headed home for Game Five.#mnwild | @BLSeltzy pic.twitter.com/lhI4OpLyNw
— Minnesota Wild (@mnwild) May 8, 2022
Wild vs Blues has seen a trend of the two teams alternating blowout victories. Each game in the series has been decided by four or more goals and neither team has won consecutive games at home.
Binnington entering the series certainly impacts the Blues’ betting value moving forward. Although the 28-year-old led St. Louis on their incredible 2019 Cup run, he entered Sunday’s Game 4 with a 0-9 record and .875 save percentage in his last two postseasons.
Blues vs Wild Injury Report
The Blues’ mounting defensive injuries are one of the reasons the team is being listed as underdogs in the NHL odds. Nick Leddy (upper body) missed this third consecutive game Sunday, while Robert Bortuzzo (upper body) missed his second straight contest.
Leddy. #stlblues pic.twitter.com/Lt60Q1d8dg
— Jeremy Rutherford (@jprutherford) May 9, 2022
The Blues were dealt another blow Sunday when defenseman Marco Scandella left the game early in the first period with a lower-body injury. Scandella has been ruled out for Game 5, but both Leddy and Bortuzzo skated at the Blues’ practice Monday and could play.
The Blues also remain without Torey Krug due to an upper-body injury. St. Louis coach Craig Berube said after Game 3 Krug would be out for “some time” with his injury. The Wild, meanwhile, don’t have any listed injuries.
St Louis vs Minnesota NHL Betting Trends
With the series shifting back to Minnesota, there are some betting trends to keep in mind for Blues vs Wild. Minnesota is 15-3 in their last 18 home games and the “over” has cashed in five of the last six Blues vs Wild meetings in St. Paul.
The Blues’ dynamic offense has led to an over trend in their matchups. The total has gone over in 12 of St. Louis’ last 15 games on the road and in six of their past eight contests overall.
Game 5 Blues vs Wild Pick
Blues vs Wild is shaping up to be a potential seven-game series. When it comes to making a pick for Game 5, the game total is the best element to focus on. These two clubs have combined for at least seven goals in six of their past eight meetings.
Binnington looked good in Game 4, but it’s important to note the Blues’ netminder struggled in the regular season. The Ontario native posted a .901 save percentage in 37 starts, including giving up four goals in his lone start at Xcel Energy Center.
That’s Jordan Binnington leading the #stlblues onto the ice for pregame warmups. pic.twitter.com/ofyErs3Z6L
— Bally Sports Midwest (@BallySportsMW) May 8, 2022
The Wild should bounce back Tuesday and are the right side to play, but the over is the best bet. St. Louis’ growing defensive injuries combined with their explosive offense means we should see another high-scoring affair in Game 5.
Pick: Over 6.5 (-104)
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