2022-05-13
Minnesota Wild
St. Louis Blues
League : NHL

St. Louis Blues vs Minnesota Wild Prediction & Preview



 

 

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The Minnesota Wild travel to take on St. Louis trailing 3-2 in their first-round series with the Blues. During the regular season, they had an overall record of 53-22, placing them 2nd in the Central. On the season, the Wild are an above .500 team in their 41 road games, posting a record of 22-14-5. Heading into the game, Minnesota has played well vs Western Conference opponents, sitting at 30-17. The St. Louis Blues look to finish off the Minnesota Wild, with an opportunity to do so at home. On the season, the Blues have a played well in their 41 home games, posting a record of 26-10-5. Heading into the game, St. Louis has been tough against other Western Conference opponents, sitting at 34-10. The puck drops at 930pm EST.

 

The Minnesota Wild Look To Keep Their Season Alive In Game 6

The Minnesota Wild will look to extend this series, after dropping game 5 by a score of 5-2. In the game, Marc-Andre Fleury had a tough night in goal, with a save percentage of just 87%. Kirill Kaprizov was the only Wild player to score a goal.

 

 

 

In 5-on-5 situations, the Minnesota Wild have a shooting percentage of 9.3%, placing them above the league average. It has been important that Minnesota be efficient with their shots as they are generating scoring chances at a below-average rate. According to advanced metrics that track the quality of a team's shots, the Wild have 23.9 fewer goals than expected. For the year, the team is averaging 6.22 high danger scoring chances per game. During the regular season, the Wild had one of the best defensive units, led by their outstanding goalie play. Overall, they had the 6th-best save rate at 92.44%. However, they struggled when opponents generated scoring

The Blues Look To Move On To The Second Round With A Win Over Minnesota

The St. Louis Blues were able to pick up their 3rd win of the series in game 5, as they rattled off 3-straight goals in the final period. Before the final frame, the two teams were all tied up at 2-2.

 

In 5-on-5 situations, the St. Louis Blues have a shooting percentage of 9.6%, placing them above the league average. Their shooting efficiency is a key reason for their offensive success as they are also generating 5-on-5 scoring chances at an above-average rate. According to advanced metrics tracking the quality of a team's shots, the Blues have 13.6 fewer goals than expected. For the year, the team is averaging 6.11 high danger scoring chances per game. During the regular season, the St. Louis Blues consistently came up with some of the best goalie play in the league. Overall, they had the 9th-best save rate. However, they were even better when opponents generated high-danger scoring chances, posting the top save percentage.







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