Blues vs. Wild Game 1 Prediction
Can the Blues pull off the Game 1 upset of the Wild in the first round of the NHL playoffs tonight at 9:30PM ET?
According to oddsmakers from online sports book BetDSI, the Wild are -165 money line favorites over the visiting Blues, who have odds of +145 to pull off the upset tonight. As for the total, the number currently sits at 5 goals.
ST. LOUIS KEY TRENDS: The Blues are 6-1 in their last seven road games and 4-1 in their last five games overall. They're also 15-5 in their last 20 games coming off a win, are 12-4 in their last 16 conference matchups, and are 5-2 in their last seven games versus Central Division opponents.
MINNESOTA KEY TRENDS: The Wild have won four straight games after a March soon that saw them lose control of the top spot in the Western Conference. They're also 6-0 in their last six games playing on three or more days of rest and have won 27 of their last 38 games against Western Conference foes.
OUR PREDICTION: The Blues have won five of their last seven games against the Wild and are worth a flier tonight. Former Minnesota coach Mike Yeo has down a remarkable job taking over for the fired Ken Hitchcock, fixing St. Louis' defense and appointing Martin Brodeur as Jake Allen's goalie coach. Since Yeo took over on February 1, Allen has been the best goaltender in the league. These two teams have flipped, with the Wild now holding high expectations heading into the postseason and the Blues flying under the radar. Look for a hot St. Louis team to play loose tonight.
NHL PLAYOFFS GAME 1 PREDICTION: ST. LOUIS BLUES +145