St. Louis Blues and the Minnesota Wild will meet in the NHL 2021-22 playoffs action on Friday evening. The hosts have already celebrated on the road, and they want to capitalize on playing the next two games in front of their fans. The away side eyes success on the road, and they look forward to building up on their latest performance.
St. Louis started the series well, but they couldn’t bring a 2-0 advantage home. Nevertheless, the home side is satisfied with moving the tie to their backyard with one road win. On the other hand, Minnesota played much better offensively in Game 2. The visitors want to remain on the winning track and drive this exciting series.
St. Louis Blues – Can they continue their dominance against the Wild?
The Blues couldn’t continue their winning streak against Minnesota on Wednesday evening, and they lost for the first time in their previous seven h2h clashes. It was their third defeat on the last four occasions, but the hosts want to get back to the winning track. However, they couldn’t do much against the Wild’s explosive offense in Game 2. After keeping their net intact in the series opener, St. Louis conceded six times in their 6-2 defeat. Nevertheless, the Blues had six shots more than their rivals, but they simply were not clinical enough.
David Perron has been the most efficient player in the Blues’ offense in the playoffs, scoring three goals and having an assist for a total of four points. Torey Krug has a team-high three assists in the post-season, while Ryan O’Reilly, Robert Thomas, and Vladimir Tarasenko contributed to St. Louis’s offense with two points each. On the goal, Ville Husso made appearances in both playoffs games, allowing three goals per contest and having a very good .922 save percentage.
Expected Line-Up: Ville Husso, Torey Krug, Colton Parayko, Ivan Barbashev, Pavel Buchnevich, Jordan Kyrou
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Minnesota Wild – Will they book a valuable win?
After failing to score in Game 1, the Wild improved its offense and netted six times in the next match. Thanks to that victory, they avoided falling into big trouble, and Minnesota heads to St. Louis, trying to take the lead in the series. The Wild enjoyed a powerful first period, securing a 3-0 advantage that severely impacted the opponent’s confidence. They controlled the game till the end and leveled the series ahead of the pair of games in St. Louis.
Kirill Kaprizov tops the Wild’s scoring charts in the playoffs, netting three times in Game 2. Joel Eriksson Ek has also managed to produce three points, scoring twice and having an assist. Mats Zuccarello, Jonas Brodin, and Ryan Hartman logged a pair of assists each, while Frederick Gaudreau got his name displayed on the scoresheet once. On the other hand, Marc-Andre Fleury enjoyed a good performance on Wednesday evening, logging 32 saves and having a .941 save percentage.
Expected Line-Up: Marc-Andre Fleury, Jonas Brodin, Alex Goligoski, Kevin Fiala, Ryan Hartman, Kirill Kaprizov
Expert Pick #1 – St. Louis Blues to Win @-130
It’s one of the most exciting series in the first playoffs round, and we’ll see a great battle in this game as well. Nevertheless, the Blues have been much more successful in their most recent h2h clashes. I expect them to continue in the same fashion and beat the Wild for the seventh time in their last eight encounters. It is going to be my first pick for this matchup.
Expert Pick #2 – Over 6.5 @+100
Both teams have explosive offenses, and I see them producing seven or more goals on Friday evening. Ten of their previous 12 encounters went over the margin, and although we’re in the playoffs, they won’t change their attacking approach. I’ll back the Over as my second bet at even odds.
Expert Pick #3 – Blues to win & Both Teams Over 1.5 @+230
This pick is the riskiest of all three, but I find the odds quite tempting. Both teams might score at least twice, and combined with St. Louis’s victory, this one can bring us excellent profits. I’ll take it as my second alternative for this game.