2022 Winter Classic Betting Preview
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2022 Winter Classic Betting Preview

Hockey’s favourite event – the Winter Classic – is back this year with New Years Day showdown between Minnesota and St. Louis.

The Winter Classic returns in 2022 – after the pandemic pushed the 2021 rendition to 2022. While the date changes, the teams – the Minnesota Wild and St. Louis Blues – and location – Target Field in Minneapolis - remain the same. Get ready for all the excitement with our 2022 Winter Classic betting preview.

Winter Classic Details

  • Started: January 1, 2008 (Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Buffalo Sabres)
  • Times Held: 12 (Every year from 2008 to 2022 except 2013 and 2021)
  • Most Appearances: Four (Chicago Blackhawks)
  • Most Wins: Two (Boston Bruins, New York Rangers, and Washington Capitals)
  • Most Losses: Four (Chicago Blackhawks)

Winter Classic 2022 Betting Predictions – Expect a Wild Start to the New Years

To Win the GameBet99Bet99To Win the Game
St. LouisTBDTBDMinnesota
 

Odds on the game will open closer to the date. We are predicting the best NHL betting lines will open the St. Louis Blues as the underdogs (as they are the road team and the Minnesota Wild are one of the best teams in the Western Conference this season).

While the National Hockey League is a bit of a mess right now (with games postponed and cases running through the league), the overall product on the ice this season has been overall great. Two of the best teams to watch this season are in this game – the Minnesota Wild who sit atop the Central Division – and the St. Louis Blues who are sixth in the league in goal differential.

blues wild winter classic bets

 

The Wild (heading into the Christmas break) are up only a point on the Blues – making the stakes for this game one of the highest for a Winter Classic. This game is the first meeting between these two clubs this season. Last year, when they played eight times, the Blues won six games.

Blues can Start 2022 Red-Hot with an Upset Win on the Road.

The Blues are a better team this season than last. While they made the playoffs – thanks to playing in arguably the weakest division in the NHL last season – they were promptly swept by the Colorado Avalanche. The Blues made some smart moves in the offseason – with the signing of Brandon Saad the biggest one.

Saad gives the Blues scoring depth (11 goals in 27 games) which helps them against teams like the Wild who are near the top in goals per game this season. With him helping the Blues scoring and improved goaltending (especially from backup Charlie Lindgren who is 5-0-0 with a .958 save percentage), we like the Blues to win the 2022 Winter Classic.

St. Louis Blues To Win the Game
TBD
Bet99

Could the Cold cause a Lower Scoring Game?

Game TotalBet99
Over 5.5TBD
Under 5.5TBD
 

While we are over a week away from the game – meaning the current forecast for the game can easily change – the current weather is pointing towards a cold New Years Day in Minnesota. What does that mean for the game? Well, the coldest Winter Classic was 2014 – with game time temps hovering around -10.

2022 winter classic betting picks

At the 2014 Winter Classic – between the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs – the weather played a factor. While it did not make the game less exciting, it made it unique. The game produced plenty of shots with the teams combining for 69 shots. However, scoring was at a premium – with the game deadlocked at two goals apiece heading into overtime.

The game ended in a shootout with Toronto taking the victory 3-2. The standard goal total line on an NHL is 5.5 (with 6.0 or 6.5 set on some games, you can learn more about over/under betting here). Assuming every Winter Classic game had a 5.5 goal total opening line, then the 12 games would be over/under is 4-8. If the total is set at 6.0 goals then the over/under is 1-8-3. The best bet on the game is to take the under.

Game Total Over 5.5 Goals
TBD
Bet99

Best Online Sportsbooks to Bet on the 2022 Winter Classic

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