May 6, 2022; St. Louis, Missouri, USA; Minnesota Wild center Joel Eriksson Ek (14) and goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury (29) defend the net from St. Louis Blues center Dakota Joshua (54) during the third period in game three of the first round of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Enterprise Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Le-USA TODAY Sports
- St Louis Blues are slight -115 home favorites over the Minnesota Wild in Game 4 of their Stanley Cup Western Conference opening-round series on Sunday, May 8
- St Louis is without three of the club’s top six defensemen through injury
- Friday’s Game 3 victory was the first by Minnesota in St Louis since Craig Berube took over as coach of the Blues in 2018
Three games into their Stanley Cup playoff series, both the Minnesota Wild and St Louis Blues are living up to their nicknames
In consecutive victories, Minnesota has run wild, outscoring St Louis 11-3 in those two games to grab a 2-1 series lead. St Louis, meanwhile, has lost three regular defensemen to injury and is facing a decision in goal.
Yes, they are feeling the blues.
Oddsmakers, though, are expecting St Louis to bounce back in Game 4. The Blues are ever-so-slight -115 home favorites. Bettors can access -105 odds in the NHL betting lines on the Wild. Minnesota is just 15-14 straight up against Central Division opposition this season.
Wild vs Blues Odds
|Minnesota Wild||+1.5 (-270)||O 6.5 (-105)||-105|
|St Louis Blues||-1.5 (+220)||U 6.5 (-115)||-115|
Odds as of May 7th at Caesars Sportsbook.
The puck is slated to drop at 4:30pm ET inside the Enterprise Center. The broadcast can be watched on TBS.
Minnesota vs St Louis NHL Betting Trends
In the NHL betting trends, the public is going wild for Minnesota. Puckline wagering is showing 62% of the bets placed on the Wild +1.5. In the moneyline splits, there’s also 62% of the bets backing the Wild at -105 odds. Staying consistent, the total handle is displaying that 62% of the public bets are on the Under (6.5). Minnesota has hit on the over more than any team in the playoffs, going 48-35-2. That’s a 57.7% over rate.
— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) May 7, 2022
Kiril Kaprizov, Joel Eriksson Ek and Ryan Hartman have all posted successive multi-point games in Minnesota’s two victories. Kaprizov fired a hat-trick in Game 2 and has counted four goals in the series.
Wild vs Blues Recent Results
|1/1/2022||Minnesota 4 St Louis 6||STL||STL||Over|
|4/8/2022||St Louis 4 Minnesota 3 (OT)||STL||MIN||Over|
|4/16/2022||St Louis 6 Minnesota 5 (OT)||STL||MIN||Over|
|5/2/2022||Minnesota 6 St Louis 2||MIN||MIN||Over|
|5/4/2022||St Louis 1 Minnesota 5||MIN||MIN||Under|
Falling behind quickly is proving to be an issue for the Blues. They’ve been outscored 5-0 in the first period of their two defeats.
Minnesota vs St Louis Injury Report
Three games into the playoffs, the Blues have lost three defensemen. Nick Leddy and Robert Bortuzzo are both out with upper-body injuries. Torey Krug left Game 3 in the first period with a lower-body injury.
A large loss for St. Louis, already without Nick Leddy and Robert Bortuzzo, and with a nicked up Marco Scandella playing through a lower-body injury. https://t.co/L8zWpo2QFN
— Dan Myers (@mnwildScribe) May 7, 2022
Krug leads all Blues with 46 career postseason assists and 57 career postseason points. Leddy has appeared in 122 career postseason games, the most of any Blues player.
Scott Perunovich (wrist) and MacKenzie MacEachern (UBI) are also out for St Louis.
The Wild report no injuries.
Blues Facing Big Decision In Goal
Blues coach Craig Berube went with unproven Ville Husso over Stanley Cup winner Jordan Binnington in goal. It looked to be brilliant strategy when Husso posted a 4-0 shutout in his NHL playoff debut. However, 11 goals have gone into the St Louis net in the two games since.
Wouldn’t shock me to see Jordan Binnington in net for game 4 #stlblues
— Alex Micheletti (@AlexMicheletti) May 7, 2022
It would make sense for Berube to turn to the proven commodity in Binnington for Game 4. Binnington’s edgy competitiveness might also give the club a much-needed spark.
Wild vs Blues Projected Starting Goalies
Wild coach Dean Evason also was facing a touch choice entering Game 1 between veterans Cam Talbot and Marc-Andre Fleury. He went with the Cup winner in Fleury, staying with him after the Game 1 loss.
— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) May 7, 2022
It’s a decision that’s paying dividends. With back-to-back wins, the playoff savvy Fleury is now tied with Grant Fuhr (92) for third on the all-time Stanley Cup wins list.
Wild vs Blues Game 4 Prediction
Prior to Game 3, the Wild had never won a game in St Louis since Berube was named coach of the Blues in 2018 (0-4-3). Then again, prior to Game 3, Minnesota hadn’t won consecutive games over St Louis since 2018.
The Blues are signicantly banged up on the back end. At the same time, Minnesota’s best players are bringing their A game to the ice. It should prove to be a winning combination for the Wild.
Pick: Minnesota Wild ML (-105)
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