The NHL Winter Classic will return after a one-year absence when the Minnesota Wild play host to the St. Louis Blues on New Year’s Day at Target Field in Minneapolis. These two Central Division rivals were originally scheduled to meet at the home of baseball’s Minnesota Twins on January 1 of this year. However, that clash was postponed due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
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St. Louis Blues vs Minnesota Wild
NHL Records as of the Christmas Break
Blues: 17-9-5, 39 points (T-2nd, Central Division)
Wild: 19-9-2, 40 points (1st, Central Division)
Blues vs Wild Betting Trends
This year’s Winter Classic matchup marks the first of three meetings this season between these two Central Division rivals. The Blues dominated in head-to-head action during the pandemic-shortened 2021 NHL campaign, claiming victory in six of eight clashes including a pair of one-goal wins in four trips to Minnesota. High scoring has been commonplace when these teams meet, with the total finishing at 7.0 or higher in seven of their past seven dates. Home teams earned the win in six of last season’s clashes. However, home favourites have prevailed in just five of their past 11.
St. Louis Blues News & Notes
It has been somewhat of a rollercoaster start to the season for the Blues. The club opened their campaign on a steady 8-2-1 run before getting mired in a nine-game stretch that featured just two victories. The club subsequently turned things around as the calendar turned to December, and entered the NHL Christmas break enjoying a steady 7-2-2 run that leaves them just one point back of the first-place Wild.
— St. Louis Post-Dispatch (@stltoday) December 21, 2021
A pair of Russian snipers have powered the Blues attack during the first half of the season. Pavel Buchnevich and Vladimir Tarasenko lead the way, each sporting 29 points. Along with Ivan Barbashev and Brandon Saad, the foursome have accounted for over 40% of the team’s goal production, and half the club’s power-play goals to date.
The Minnesota Wild may be entering the Christmas Break in a slump but offer great betting value to win the Central Division title
Minnesota Wild News & Notes
The Christmas break could not have come at a better time for the Wild, who have shut things down for the holidays amid a season-high four-game losing streak. The club has struggled to contain opposing shooters during their current slide, allowing 4.50 goals per game during their current swoon. That marks a dramatic reversal in fortune for the club after allowing fewer than two goals per game while claiming victory in each of their preceding eight contests. Despite their current slide, the Wild have managed to maintain control of the top of the central Division standings, one point up on both St. Louis and Nashville. The Wild also enter the break sporting the NHL’s second-ranked offence, which has averaged 3.63 goals per game.
Kirill Kaprizov has been amazing this season. He had 3 points last night, giving him 36 in 30 games. Kaprizov’s 24 assists tie last years total and his 31 hits surpass last years 29. He’s getting it done across the board. Here’s his goal from last night.⬇️ #FantasyHockey #mnwild pic.twitter.com/ZriUaj1Ni2
— The Fantasy Hockey Bros (@FntsyHockeyBros) December 21, 2021
Listed as a solid 14.00 bet on the recent updates Stanley Cup odds and picks, the Wild attack has benefited from yet another stellar campaign from last season’s NHL Rookie of the Year Kirill Kaprizov. The crafty Russian leads all Wild shooters with 36 points through 30 outings and has been particularly dominant on home ice this season, where he has tallied seven goals and 14 assists in 21 contests. The club has also received steady goaltending from netminder cam Talbot, who currently ranks third in the NHL with 15 wins to date.
Best Bet: Wild
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