Colorado Avalanche Vs. St. Louis Blues (5/27/22) Betting Odds, Prediction, Line Combination, Starting Goalies

On the road, the St. Louis Blues avoided elimination in the second round by beating the Colorado Avalanche 5-4 through Tyler Bozak’s goal at 3:38 into overtime. Robert Thomas scored twice for the Blues in the win: including the equalizer towards the end of the third period. The series is now 3-2 in favor of Colorado as the teams play in St. Louis on Friday.

St. Louis is +3000 to win the Stanley Cup this season; The Blues won their only Stanley Cup in franchise history in 2018-19. The Avalanche had the best record in the Western Conference this season, 56-19-7 and 119 points. Colorado is the favorite to win the 2021-22 Stanley Cup at +135; The Avalanche have won two titles since moving from Quebec to Colorado in 1995.

Colorado Avalanche Vs St. Louis Blues Betting Odds

Colorado is -800 to make first conference finals since 2001-02. The Avalanche are 7-2 favorites in their last nine playoff games. Colorado is 9-19 in the last 28 semifinals of the conference. Over is 9-3 in the Avalanche’s last 12 conference semifinals. Off is 9-2 in the last 11 meetings between Colorado and St. Louis. The road team has won the last four games between Avalanche and Blues. St. Louis is +550 to upset the Colorado Avalanche and advance to the Conference Finals. The Blues are 4-10 as underdogs in their last 14 playoff games. Over is 9-3 in St. Louis’ last 12 playoff games as an underdog. The Blues are 5-2 in their last seven home games.

Colorado avalanche analysis

Goaltender Darcy Kuemper made 25 saves in Colorado’s loss on Wednesday night. In eight postseason games in 2021-22, he has a .904 save percentage with a 2.50 GAA. The Avalanche goalie is +2200 to win the Conn Smythe Trophy.

Cale Makar is tied with 13 points (three goals and 10 assists) by a defenseman, first in the NHL postseason. Also, he’s +6 while averaging a 26:22 ice time in the playoffs. He is +550 to win the 2021-22 Conn Smythe Trophy. Devon Toews is +5 while averaging 25:42 ice time per game in the postseason. According to NHL.com, he has four playoff goals (which tie for the standings lead by defensemen), two behind Rob Blake’s six goals in 2001 and 2002, the most by an Avalanche/Quebec Nordiques defenseman in a single postseason.

Nathan MacKinnon is the favorite to win the Conn Smythe Trophy at +330, having had a hat-trick in Wednesday’s loss to the Blues. MacKinnon leads Colorado in goals (eight) and is the team’s lead in postseason points with 13 points. According to NHL.com, he has 36 career playoff goals and has moved past Michel Goulet (34) and Milan Hejduk (34) to become third in Avalanche/Quebec Nordiques history. Gabriel Landeskog returned from knee surgery in round one against the Predators and has 11 points (six goals and five assists) in nine postseason games in 2021-22. The Avalanche Captain is currently +2000 to win the Conn Smythe Trophy. Nazem Kadri has 10 points (five goals and five assists) in nine playoff competitions for the Avalanche this year. Mikko Rantanen led Colorado this season with 92 points (36 goals and 56 assists) and posted an impressive +35. He has 11 points (one goal and 10 assists) in nine playoff games in 2021-22. Rantanen is +2500 to win the Conn Smythe Award.

St. Louis Blues Analysis

Ville Husso, now the starter with Jordan Binnington out indefinitely with a knee injury, made 30 saves in the Game Five overtime win against the Avalanche. In six playoff games (five starts) in 2021-22, Husso has an .884 save percentage (167 saves from 189 shot attempts) and a 3.78 GAA.

Justin Faulk was the all-time leading scorer of any Blues defenseman in the regular season with 47 points (16 goals and 31 assists). He also led St. Louis in plus/minus at +41 while averaging 23:12 ice time per game. Faulk has seven assists in 11 postseason games with an average ice time of 25:39. Nick Leddy, acquired by the Blues in March, had three assists in Wednesday’s crucial win over the Avalanche. He has 38 points in 129 career playoff contests.

David Perron leads the club in goals (nine) and points (13) in this season’s playoffs. He has scored two game-winning goals in the postseason and averaged 20:07 ice time. Ryan O’Reilly, the 2018-19 Conn Smythe Trophy winner, is second on the team in goals (seven) and points (12) this postseason. He is +3 at skating 21:32 per contest in the 2021-22 playoffs. Pavel Buchnevich had two assists in the Blues win on Wednesday night. In 11 postseason games in 2021-22, he recorded 11 points (one goal and 10 assists). Vladimir Tarasenko led the Blues this season with 82 points (34 goals and 48 assists) in 75 games. The dangerous winger was +9 with 22 points on the power play and scored a team leading nine winners in 2021/22. Tarasenko had a goal and an assist in St. Louis’ game five win. He has nine points (six goals and three assists) in 11 postseason games this year. Jordan Kyrou has been impressive this season, scoring 75 points in 74 games. The 23-year-old center had four game-winning goals and 19 points on the power play. Kyrou has eight points in 11 postseason competitions this season.

Colorado Avalanche Vs. St. Louis Blues Picks & Prediction

Last year, Colorado defeated St. Louis in a four-game sweep; This season, the Blues are looking to take the series to a seventh game. According to NHL.com, teams that lead 3-1 (like Colorado did against St. Louis that series) win a best-of-seven NHL playoff series by 296-31 (.905).

In their first nine playoff games, the Avalanche has scored 40 goals: 4.4 goals per game. Colorado is 4-0 in their last four away games. Over is a 5-2 favorite in the Avalanche’s last seven playoff games. During the regular season, St. Louis scored 3.8 goals per game, ranking third in the NHL. In 11 playoff games, the Blues have scored 38 goals: 3.45 goals per game. St. Louis is 5-2 in their last seven games as an underdog at home. Over is 7-1 in the Blues’ back eight if their opponent concedes five or more goals in their previous game.

I will win game six of the series with the Avalanche after failing to defeat the Blues at home on Wednesday night. St. Louis will come out with a lot of energy on Friday and send its audience into a frenzy. Colorado wins 6-4 in this game, covering the 1.5 goal spread as the teams combine to score more than 6.5 goals.

Colorado Avalanche Vs. St. Louis Blues starting goaltender and line combo

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