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Blues vs Wild Prediction, Picks and Betting Odds for NHL Playoffs Game 1

In a battle of familiar foes, the opening round of the 2022 NHL Playoffs features a Blues vs Wild series that could go either way. These two teams play often in the regular season, but now they have the chance to clash in the playoffs for the first time since 2017. This series is the Western Conference version of Lightning vs Maple Leafs and parallels it in many ways. St. Louis is looking to hoist the Stanley Cup once again, while Minnesota is desperate to find a way past the opening round for the first time in seven seasons.

Let’s take a look at the NHL Playoffs betting odds, trends and picks for the game and give our Blues vs Wild prediction.

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NHL Playoffs Game 1
St. Louis Blues (49-22-11, 23-12-6 Away) vs. Minnesota Wild (53-22-7, 31-8-2 Home)
Date: May 2, 2022
Time: 9:30 PM EST
Venue: Xcel Energy Center – St. Paul, MN
Coverage: ESPN+

Goaltending: STL: Ville Husso (25-7-6/2.56/.919 – Expected) | MIN: Marc-Andre Fleury (28-23-5/2.84/.908 – Expected)

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If you’re going based on what the regular season Blues vs Wild record looked like, you could take the Blues to win Game 1 and the series without a care in the world. St. Louis was an Achilles heel to the Wild all season, beating them in three straight contests. While the Blues have earned the right to be playing with confidence, nothing comes easy in the NHL Playoffs.

The fact that the Blues have not lost to Minnesota yet could end up being a major detriment in Game 1. Expectations are high in Minnesota, and they get to start the series on home ice where they have been excellent all season. Fans and sports bettors alike should be locked in on the goaltending matchup, as play between the pipes could very well determine the outcome of the series. Tonight is no exception, as this game feels like it will be a race to three goals.

An in-depth Blues vs Wild NHL Playoffs series preview is available HERE.

Blues vs Wild NHL Betting Odds & Spread

NHL Betting odds for Blues vs Wild are taken from BetUS Sportsbook.

Moneyline: STL: (+110) | MIN: (-130)
Puck Line: STL: +1.5 (-225) | MIN: -1.5 (+185)
Total: 6.5 — Over: (EVEN) | Under: (-120)
Team Totals: STL o2.5 (-165) / u2.5 (+125) | MIN o3.5 (-115) / u3.5 (-125)
Public (Spread) Betting via Action Network
 STL: (36%) | MIN: (60%)
Odds to Win Stanley Cup: STL: (+1600) | MIN: (+1000)

Blues vs Wild Prediction, Picks and Betting Odds for NHL Playoffs Game 1
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Blues vs Wild Prediction

The Wild are simply too good to lose four in a row to the Blues. The Xcel Energy Center provides an incredible atmosphere and will boost Minnesota to a Game 1 victory. We know the Wild have the ability to score in droves, but will likely secure the victory tonight on the back of Marc-Andre Fleury in net. The Wild traded for him to perform in this exact situation. If he can hold the Blues to less than three goals tonight, expect the Wild to take an early series lead.

Our NHL Playoffs Blues vs Wild prediction tonight will be Wild Moneyline and Blues Team Total Under at BetUS

For what it’s worth, numberFire gives the Wild a 51% chance to win.

Blues vs Wild Prediction and Picks

Minnesota Wild – ML (-130)

St. Louis Blues – TT u2.5 (+125)

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