The Minnesota Wild and the St. Louis Blues meet in NHL action from the Enterprise Center on Friday night.
The Minnesota Wild will look to build on their 8-3 win over Colorado last time out. Kirill Kaprizov leads the Wild in scoring with 34 points including a team-high 16 goals and 18 assists while Kevin Fiala has 25 points with 14 goals and 11 apples. Joel Greenway has 24 points with a team-high 10 assosts while Mats Zuccarello has 16 assists and Joel Eriksson Ek has 13 goals this season. As a team, Minnesota is averaging 3 goals per game on 28.8 shots with a 14.8% success rate on the PP while allowing 2.5 goals on 30.8 shots with an 84.9% success rate killing off penalties this season.
The St. Louis Blues will look to build on a 3-1 win over Vegas in their last matchup. David Perron leads the Blues in scoring with 38 points including team-highs of 13 goals and 25 assists while Ryan O’Reilly has 34 points with 13 goals and 21 apples this season. Brayden Schenn has 26 points with 12 goals and 14 assists while Jordan Kyrou has double-digit goals and assists and Torey Krug has 19 assists of his own this season. As a team, St. Louis is averaging 2.7 goals per game on 29.7 shots with a 17.5% success rate on the power play while allowing 3.2 goals on 30.1 shots with a 76.2% success rate killing off penalties this season.
Minnesota is 10-3 in their last 13 games against a team with a losing record and 18-8 in their last 26 games overall while the over is 11-2 in their last 13 road games. St. Louis is 1-7 in their last 8 games overall and 7-19 in their last 26 home games while the over is 8-3 in their last 11 games following a win. The under is 6-1 in the last 7 meetings between these two teams.
I get the case that could be made for both sides here, as the Blues are a talented team that finally got a win at home, but they’re still struggling, and one win isn’t enough to declare them back yet. On the other hand, the Wild have stumbled a bit lately and don’t play as well on the road compared to their play at home. I just think this game ends up being a war, but I’ll still lean Minnesota’s way here as the Blues just haven’t been at their best at home this season.