Wild vs. Blues Prediction
The Minnesota Wild will clash with the reigning Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues on national television tonight. Can Minnesota carve out a road win as the big underdogs?
Wednesday, October 30, 2019
Scottrade Arena at 8:05PM ET
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Public Betting Information
According to oddsmakers, the Blues are a -170 favorite to win on the moneyline. The Wild are a +150 underdog, while the total is set at 5.5 goals. As of Wednesday morning, 90 percent of public bets are being placed on host St. Louis. Check out our NHL Public Betting Page for the latest info.
Wild cruise past Kings
Minnesota rolled to a 5-1 home win over Los Angeles Saturday night to improve to 4-7-0 on the season. Gerald Mayhew gave the Wild a 1-0 lead with 14:10 left in the first period on a goal assisted by Matt Dumba and Ryan Donato. After LA tied it up at 1-1 in the second period, Minnesota retook the lead at 2-1 with 2:56 left in the period on an Eric Staal goal assisted by Jason Zucker. The Wild extended their lead to two goals 28 seconds into the third period as Joel Eriksson Ek found the back of the net with Dumba and Jonas Brodin assisting. Mikko Koivu added the next goal six-plus minutes later on assists from Marcus Foligno and Ryan Hartman. Jared Spurgeon later added an unassisted goal to complete the scoring. Alex Stalock made 30 saves on 31 shots in the winning effort.
Blues prevail in OT
St. Louis won by a count of 5-4 in overtime Sunday night at Detroit to improve to 6-3-3 on the season. David Perron scored the game-winning goal 1:28 into the extra session on assists from Brayden Schenn and Alex Pietrangelo. Schenn gave the Blues a 1-0 lead 2:07 into the contest on a power play goal assisted by Ryan O'Reilly and Perron. Zach Sanford extended it to a 2-0 lead five minutes later with assists going to Alexander Steen and O'Reilly. The Red Wings cut it to 2-1 in the second period, but St. Louis answered via an O'Reilly goal off assists from Perron and Jay Bouwmeester. Detroit scored three straight goals in the third period to grab a 4-3 advantage, but the Blues evened it back up with 4:18 remaining on an O'Reilly power play goal on assists courtesy of Perron and Jaden Schwartz. Jordan Binnington surrendered four goals on 33 shots in the victory.
NHL Betting Trends
The Wild are 4-0 in their last four Wednesday games. Minnesota is 18-38 in its last 56 games overall.
The Blues are 6-1 in their last seven games versus the Western Conference. St. Louis is 4-1 in its last five games on two days of rest.
The Blues have one fewer days of rest, but they are still rested nonetheless and are the clear better team in this matchup while also playing at home. I wouldn't overthink this one too much and I would definitely consider the puckline bet. Look for the Blues to control this contest from the outset.
NHL DAILY PREDICTION: ST. LOUIS BLUES -170