Minnesota Wild vs St. Louis Blues NHL Picks, Odds, Predictions 5/1/21

Minnesota Wild vs St. Louis Blues NHL Picks, Odds, Predictions 5/1/21 Photo by David Berding-USA TODAY Sports

St. Louis Blues (23-19-6) at Minnesota Wild (31-14-4)

NHL Hockey: Saturday, May 1, 2021 at 8:00 pm (Xcel Energy Center)

The Line: Minnesota Wild -143 / St. Louis Blues +129 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The St. Louis Blues and Minnesota Wild meet Saturday in NHL action at the Xcel Energy Center.

The St. Louis Blues look to build on their four-game winning streak. The St. Louis Blues are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 22.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Ryan O’Reilly leads St. Louis with 22 goals, David Perron has 34 assists and Torey Krug has 106 shots on goal. Defensively, the St. Louis Blues are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 75.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Jordan Binnington has allowed 93 goals on 1,025 shots and Ville Husso has allowed 46 goals on 401 shots.

The Minnesota Wild look to rebound from back-to-back losses. The Minnesota Wild are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 18.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Kirill Kaprizov leads Minnesota with 23 goals, Jordan Greenway has 24 assists and Kevin Fiala has 144 shots on goal. Defensively, the Minnesota Wild are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 82.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Cam Talbot has allowed 71 goals on 893 shots faced and Kaapo Kahkonen has allowed 55 goals on 609 shots.

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The Blues are 4-0 in their last 4 games as an underdog and 2-5 in their last 7 road games. The Wild are 20-7 in their last 27 games as a favorite and 7-2 in their last 9 overall. The over is 3-1-1 in Blues last 5 overall. The over is 4-0 in Wild last 4 overall. The Blues are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Minnesota and 4-0 in the last 4 meetings. The home team is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings. The underdog is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings.

The St. Louis Blues have been tough to back this season with confidence, but they're riding a four-game winning streak and beat the Wild four times in the month of April. The Minnesota Wild have been head and shoulders the better team this season, but they've won just one of the five meetings this season against the Blues and have lost eight of the last 10 meetings against them overall. Based on the history between these two clubs, there's value with the Blues and the plus money.

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Randy’s Pick St. Louis Blues +129

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.

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