If there is anything that this series has taught NHL fans it’s that it doesn’t matter how good you can be on offense, like Minnesota for example, because if you cannot hold your own on all lines in the ice, winning will become more of an uphill battle than any other thing. Now, as the Wild face the threat of elimination upfront and without any hesitation or room for mistakes, the St. Louis Blues will be ready to welcome them into their arena and give them one of the toughest fights imaginable, all while holding in their hands Minnesota’s destiny for the season.
There’s only so much Kirill Kaprizov can do on offense for Minnesota before it becomes more than obvious that this team is not lacking any firepower up top, but needs to play better defensively. Minnesota’s goalkeeper Marc-Andre Fleury has been a victim of an overwhelming St. Louis attacking core and at the same time an underwhelming Minnesota defensive line, which ultimately has led to St. Louis finding a way to not only beat the Wild and take lead of the series, but also have total control of Minnesota’s destiny in today’s game.
While it would be disappointing to not be able to see what Kaprizov and company could do moving forward to the next round of the playoffs, as of right now, the scenario is as simple to understand as ever. If Minnesota wants to force a game seven at home, they need to make sure that not only the offense is firing on all cylinders but all lines as well. From the goalkeeper to the last forward, this team needs to play like a team possessed by the thirst of victory and vindication if they wish to take the series back for one last dance in Minnesota. Again, on offense this team should thrive once again, but it will be what Minnesota’s defense ends up bringing to the game today that will mark their fate in the series.
The St. Louis Blues on the other hand are sitting pretty comfortably and should focus on playing this game with a mindset of seeing how far they can continue to take their hockey playing from thus far. St. Louis has had one very important thing to keep in mind throughout the series, which is that they have always kept Minnesota guessing on what their next move on the ice will be, and now, today, with the chance to kick the Wild out of the playoffs, that could end up being a pivotal key to success. If St. Louis’ offense can break Minnesota’s backlines like in game 5, it’s done and over for Minnesota, as simple as that, but if they give Minnesota a chance to force a game seven, don’t expect another chance like this popping up.
Wild vs Blues Information
- Date: 05/12/2022
- Time: 09:30 PM ET
- Location: Entherprise Center, St.Louis.
- How to Watch Wild vs Blues: TNT
- Live Stream: NHL.TV
Wild vs Blues Betting Lines
Wild are -105 according to our Vegas NHL Lines. This means that if you wager $100 you have the chance to win $95. On the other side, Blues is -115 according to the Vegas NHL Lines. This means that if you wager $100 you have the chance to win $86.
The implied probability for these two teams attached to the betting lines have Wild at a %51.22 chance of winning the game, meanwhile Blues have 53.49% probability of finishing the game with the W.
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