The Minnesota Wild are having the home court advantage in the series against the St. Louis Blues but it is actually the Blues who have been the better team in recent years. This makes this series the most interesting one and it all starts when these two teams meet in Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul, MN on May 2, 2022.
- Minnesota Wild vs St. Louis Blues
- NHL – Regular season
- Date – 2/5/2022
- Starting time – 9.30 PM ET
- Venue: Xcel Energy Center, Saint Paul, MN
Minnesota Wild Stats & Form
The Minnesota Wild finished the regular season as the second seed in the Western Conference with a 53-22-7 record.
They won 7 of the last 8 games to close out the regular season.
The Wild had a historic season setting new franchise records for the most points (113), wins (53) and goals (305), and finished behind only Colorado in the Western Conference.
The last time the Wild had home-ice advantage in a playoff series was, fittingly, against the Blues in the first round in 2017 when they lost in six games.
Minnesota was the fifth-best scoring team in the league, after Kirill Kaprizov set the franchise record with 47 goals and Ryan Hartman (34), Kevin Fiala (33), Eriksson Ek (26) and Foligno (23) also established career highs.
Kaprizov has been a handful since he arrived in the NHL at the start of the 2020-21 season, which ended with him winning the Calder Trophy voted as NHL rookie of the year. This season, he was better. He became the first player in Wild history to score 100 points.
Minnesota Wild News
Mats Zuccarello will not play tonight against the Blues.
St. Louis Blues Stats & Form
The St. Louis Blues are heading to the playoffs as the fourth seed from the Western Conference with a 49-22-11 record. They finished the regular season with two consecutive losses.
The Blues had 109 points, 10 better than their 2018-19 team that went on to win the Stanley Cup. They won all three matchups with the Wild: in the Winter Classic at Target Field (6-4) and a pair of overtime decisions in St. Louis last month (4-3 and 6-5).
The Blues were third in the NHL with 309 goals, featuring nine players who hit the 20-goal mark.
Vladimir Tarasenko reemerged as one of the most dangerous offensive players in the NHL after a two-year, injury-induced absence from the list. On a team full of prolific scorers, nobody has been more lethal than Tarasenko, who also led the Blues with 230 shots on goal.
St. Louis Blues News
Marco Scandella and Mackenzie MacEachern will not play for the Blues.
Minnesota Wild vs St. Louis Blues Head-to-Head Stats
The St. Louis Blues have won 9 of the last 10 including the last 5 games against Minnesota.
Eight of the last ten games between these two teams have ended with over 5.5 goals.
Minnesota Wild vs St. Louis Blues Betting Odds
The Minnesota Wild are slight favourites to win tonight with the odds set at 117, while the Rangers are at 173. The draw is at 342.
The total goals margin is set at 6 with -123 to go over and -106 for under.
Since NHL 2014 enacted the current postseason format with divisional brackets instead of seeding by conference finish, few first-round matchups have been as stacked as this one. Only two other opening series pitting the second and third-place teams from the same division in that span featured a stronger combined record.
The average points percentage between the Blues and Wild was .677. Minnesota has had their best season but the Blues are probably the last opponent they would choose to face in the opening round. St. Louis has dominated the Wild lately and that run will continue tonight.