Every New Year’s Day, the NHL brings the Winter Classic, an outdoor game in a selected stadium in or near a hockey city that will serve as the “home" venue for the local team. On New Year’s Day 2022, a famous hockey state will serve as the cold-air arena.
The 2022 Winter Classic will take place at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with the home-team Minnesota Wild hosting the St. Louis Blues, with the puck dropping at 7 p.m. ET.
There are quite a few wagering opportunities to consider for our NHL best bets today, but I’m here with my favorite angle between the top two teams in the Western Conference’s Central Division.
So here’s the best betting strategy for the 2022 Winter Classic between the Wild and Blues.
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Note: All 2022 Winter Classic NHL gameday odds are current as of 8:00 a.m. ET on Friday, December 31, and are provided by Caesars Sportsbook.
NHL Winter Classic Odds 2022
- Moneyline: Blues (+120), Wild (-140)
- Puck Line: Blues +1.5 (-200), Wild -1.5 (+170)
- Total Goals: Over 5.5 (-130), Under 5.5 (+110)
NHL Winter Classic Prediction
The Minnesota Wild (19-9-2) have a chance to snap their four-game losing streak, but it won’t come easy against the St. Louis Blues (18-9-5) on Saturday night outdoors.
The Wild are finally facing a bit of adversity. They lost four straight contests before the extended Christmas break.
Meanwhile, St. Louis has gone 6-2-2 in their last 10 games to take a slim lead in the Central Division.
St. Louis is just .500 on the road and Minnesota is one of the league-best at home with a 10-2-1 mark. It will be bone-chilling cold, but that may just help Minnesota.
Kirill Kaprizov and Ryan Hartman will skate wild through the St. Louis defense as the Wild stave off a late Blues rally.
2022 Winter Classic Pick: Wild 4, Blues 2
Winter Classic Best Bets
Here are some NHL Winter Classic all-time betting trends:
- The moneyline has hit for the home team in four straight Winter Classic games and five of the last six.
- The puckline has connected three of the last four games for the home team, as well.
- The total number of goals has been 5 or 6 in eight straight games.
- The winning team has connected on its team goals Over in four of the past five Winter Classics.
- The Winter Classic has only gone past 60 minutes twice since 2011 which tends to favor the 60-minute bet.
Winter Classic Bet: Minnesota Wild Moneyline (-140) at Caesars
Wager: 1 Unit
Back the Minnesota Wild to hit that moneyline as a slight Winter Classic favorite in our NHL bet of the day.
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Winter Classic Bet: Minnesota Wild 60-Minute Line (+102) at Caesars
Wager: 0.5 Units
Given the record of the games ending in regulation stat that I mentioned before, let’s back the home team closing it out without the need for overtime.