Free NHL Picks Today: Minnesota Wild vs St. Louis Blues 4/8/23

Free NHL Picks Today: Minnesota Wild vs St. Louis Blues 4/8/23
Sat 8th April 2023

The St. Louis Blues (37-35-7) travel to face the Minnesota Wild (44-24-10), who will be hoping to halt their losing streak, at Xcel Energy Center on Saturday.

St. Louis is coming off a 3-2 overtime win over the Rangers on Thursday. The Blues committed only two penalties in the game, yet still conceded two power play goals. Alexey Toropchenko, Tyler Pitlick, and Kasperi Kapanen scored one apiece for the Blues.

Jordan Binnington had 22 saves in the win.Minnesota lost for the third straight game, falling 4-1 to the Penguins on Thursday. Marcus Johansson was the only player to score for the Wild. Marc-Andre Fleury saved only 27 of 31 shots against (.870%) in the loss.


The Wild have won two of the three games between the teams this season, including an 8-5 victory in their most recent meeting in March. Ryan Hartman (2G 1A) and Joel Eriksson Ek (1G 2A) each had three points to lead Minnesota. Pavel Buchnevich (3G 0A) and Torey Krug (0G 3A) each had three points to lead St. Louis. Fleury got the win despite saving only 31 of 36 shots (.861%).


St. Louis is averaging 3.23 goals per game for the season, 15th in the NHL, and they are taking on a Wild team that is allowing only 2.65 goals a game (3rd).

Meanwhile, Minnesota has found the net 2.90 times a game on average, 25th in the league, and the Blues are allowing opponents to score 3.63 goals per game (26th).

The Wild’s 21.76% power play percentage ranks 14th in the league, while the Blues are 22nd with a conversion rate of 19.40%. While efficient on the power play, St. Louis has been poor at penalty killing, as the away team possesses the league’s fourth-lowest PK% at 72.82%. Minnesota’s 81.22% ranks 12th in the NHL.


Jordan Kyrou (72 points), Buchnevich (66), and Brayden Schenn (64) have been the top skaters this season for the Blues. Schenn has also been a top player for St. Louis, scoring 21 and assisting 43. In the net, Binnington (27-25-6) is St. Louis’ top goaltender.

He has a 3.34 GAA and a .893% save percentage.Kirill Kaprizov leads the Wild in scoring with 74 points. He has 39 goals (10th) and 35 assists. Filip Gustavsson (20-9-6) has the best goals against average for Minnesota at 2.03, second-best in the league. He has a save percentage of .932%, also second-best. Fleury (24-15-4) has played the most games in net for the Wild this season. He has a 2.84 GAA and a .909% save percentage.


St. Louis is 19-19-1 away from home this season. Minnesota is 24-11-4 at Xcel Energy Center this season.

SportsTips’ NHL Pick:

Minnesota Wild (-250)

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