In today’s betting guide, the St. Louis Blues clash with the Minnesota Wild while both playing very well and the Colorado Avalanche look to take advantage of the Winnipeg Jets when they are down.
St. Louis Blues (-105) vs Minnesota Wild (-115)
This game should come as highly contested and a possible preview for what we are going to get to watch in the first round of the playoffs. Both teams have been close to lights out lately. The Blues have won five of their past six games, losing in overtime to the Edmonton Oilers the other game. The Wild are 9-1-1 in their past 11 games and their goaltending has not only been very good but multiple players have already passed their career highs in goals and points, including Kirill Kaprizov, Mats Zuccarello, and Joel Eriksson Ek.
In such a close matchup, it is better to take the underdog for the better value. These teams offer just about the same odds but the Blues are at home where they have won 23 games compared to the 19 by the Wild on the road. The Blues come into this game having won three in a row, while the Wild allowed six goals against the Nashville Predators. It was the first time they allowed that many goals since the last time those teams battled on March 13. These teams have only played once this season with the victory going in favour of the Blues 6-4. I expect a low-scoring game and a bounce-back effort by the Wild, but not enough for the win. Take the Blues and the under (U6, +100).
Winnipeg Jets (+155) vs Colorado Avalanche (-190)
The Jets have fallen on hard times at the worst time. They were staying in the playoff race until they dropped three in a row in regulation, most recently to the Detroit Red Wings, which probably put the nail in the coffin. On the other side, the Avalanche have won four in a row and got back their young stud defenceman Bowen Byram. As if that defence core needed a boost since they have already scored 57 goals this season to lead the league.
The Avalanche are on the road, but I don’t think it matters too much for them considering they are 8-1-1 in the past 10 games, have the fourth-best road record in the NHL, and have scored the third-most goals. This is the third of four games between the teams in this season series. The first two were won big by the Avalanche by scores of 7-1 and 6-3. The only reason the recent Jets games have been hitting the under is due to the weak opponents. They have their hands full and there should be lots of goals. Take the Avalanche and the over (O6, -120).
Odds via Yahoo and BetMGM.