St. Louis Blues vs Minnesota Wild 04/28/2021 NHL Forecast, Picks & Game Analysis
Posted by: Hilbert Mayer
St. Louis Blues vs Minnesota Wild 04/28/2021 – The surging Minnesota Wild has not lost a game since the St. Louis Blues handed them a 3-2 defeat on April 10. The latter will try to be the same team to snap the Blues’ season-high seven-game winning streak when they play as hosts on Wednesday night inside the Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul. Thanks to the blistering run, the Wild was able to seal their spot for the postseason. Such is not the case for the Blues, who are still clinging for dear life as they sit at the fourth and final playoff spot in the West. Minnesota will enter the joust as favorites on the NHL odds tonight with a -133 Moneyline price while the Blues are offered at +122. The match starts at 07:00 PM Eastern Time. Fans can catch the game on NBCSN and NHL.TV.
St. Louis Blues vs Minnesota Wild 04/28/2021
When: Wednesday, April 28, 7:00 PM ET
Where: Xcel Energy Center, Saint Paul, Minnesota
St. Louis Blues vs Minnesota Wild 04/28/2021 Betting Odds:
St. Louis Blues
The Blues possess the bragging rights of being the last team to topple the red-hot Wild. But in reality, there really is no reason for them to be proud, not with their backs virtually against the wall. Entering the match on Wednesday in Minnesota, St. Louis Blues will be the underdog team. They may have a psychological edge of having known that they can beat the Wild, but actual pressure could overpower any confidence they have. Mental fortitude is the answer. Instead of looking at the treacherous position they are in now, the Blues should fix their focus on capitalizing the advantages they have over the Wild. With still 10 games left in their schedule, the Blues should expect a taxing stretch before they seize a playoff spot. It’s not the time to let their guards down. Fans expect them to stay the course with the game in Minnesota being the absolute test.
Players to watch: D. Perron LW (G 14 A 31 PTS 45), R. O’Reilly C (G 20 A 25 PTS 45), B. Schenn C (G 13 A 18 PTS 31).
After collecting a win in San Jose on Sunday, the Wild will head back to Saint Paul carrying the formal rights to enter the playoffs. Although their ticket is already guaranteed, Minnesota’s regular-season job is not yet done as the team still aims for the top spot in the West. Getting a home-ice advantage would give the team the leverage that would push them deep into the next round. The team has now clinched eight playoff entries in the last nine seasons, but not even once did they get the chance to barge near the Stanley Cup. The team has recognized it and each member knows that entering the playoffs is certainly not the end goal. On Wednesday, they will face the team that last served them a loss. This may be personal for them so Wild fans can expect their team to remain assertive despite their secured position.
Players to watch: K. Kaprizov LW (G 22 A 19 PTS 41), K. Fiala LW (G 17 A 15 PTS 32), M. Zuccarello RW (G 10 A 19 PTS 29).
St. Louis Blues vs Minnesota Wild Betting Predictions
St. Louis is 5-10 SU in their last 15 games.
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Minnesota’s last 5 games.
Blues vs Wild Betting Picks
Pressure will get the better of the Blues on Wednesday. With the stakes at a high level, St. Louis will fail to thrive, allowing the surging Wild to take advantage and extend their win streak to eight. It’s a huge dampener in Minnesota’s push to make the playoffs. Bettors may be enticed to take their value on the top sportsbooks for NHL, but it is not a wager worth taking. The mission of winning remains for Minnesota, and that is what they will do on Wednesday.
Score Prediction: Blues 2, Wild 4.