Colorado Can Wrap Things Up at Home
There are still some players left from the St. Louis Blues’ team that won the 2019 Stanley Cup championship so writing them off can be a risky endeavor. However, dropping both games at home has St. Louis on the brink of elimination.
Colorado struck four times in the second period to erase an early one-goal deficit and rolled to a 6-3 win to go up 3-1 in the series. The Blues were held to 20 shots on goal with five coming on the power play.
The Avalanche have lost their second playoff series six times in a row but can end that streak as early as Wednesday’s Game 5 in Denver.
According to the Las Vegas odds, Colorado (+140) is the overwhelming favorite to win the Stanley Cup title. The odds moved up slightly from +175 following the Game 4 win. The odds for St. Louis fell from +3300 to +8000.
Perron Needs Some Help
If the Blues failed to rally in the series, a lack of production throughout the lineup will be the reason.
Veteran forward David Perron continued his hot play with two goals in the Game 4 loss. Perron has four of the Blues’ 11 goals in the series. Ryan O’Reilly and Jordan Kyrou each have two goals each. However, they need some assistance. Colorado has outshot St. Louis 91-45 in Games 1 and 4 and the Avalanche’s goal totals have increased with each game in the series.
St. Louis has been outscored 11-5 since evening the series. Not having Jordan Binnington, who has the best goals-against average in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, hasn’t helped. Ville Husso started the playoffs as the No. 1 goalie for the Blues before giving way to Binnington during the series against Minnesota.
Husso is 0-2 with a 4.99 goals-against average and a save percentage of .847 in this series.
With those numbers in mind, the Blues will need to get its offense going to have a chance to extend the series. Four forwards have appeared in every game in the series and have no points to show for it. Not having an injured Torey Krug, the team’s best puck-moving defensemen, hasn’t helped. St. Louis defensemen have a goal and four assists with a defensive rating of -11. Colorado defensemen have eight goals and nine assists and are a combined +15 in the series.
Something to consider for those who bet online, eight of the Blues’ last 10 games against Colorado have gone over the total.
Kadri in the Spotlight
All of Nazem Kadri’s past postseason transgressions have been revisited since his collision knocked Binnington out of this series. While Blues’ defenseman Calle Rosen played a role in the events leading to Binnington’s injury. Kadri went into Game 4 as Public Enemy No. 1 in the eyes of the Blues fans. In the ultimate bit of irony, Rosen and Kadri were traded together from Toronto to Colorado in 2019.
Kadri was suspended in the 2018, 2019 and 2021 playoffs with his team being eliminated each time. There were no such issues this time around. Kadri not only played in the crucial Game 4, but he scored three goals including twice during a four-goal second period as Colorado went up 3-1 in the series.
Kadri had four goals and two assists in the two games played in St. Louis as the Avalanche are on verge of advancing to the Western Conference Final for the first time since 2002.
Kadri will #FindAWay.
— Colorado Avalanche (@Avalanche) May 24, 2022
Kadri has been subjected to racist death threats on social media and a water bottle was thrown in his direction, allegedly by Binnington, during a live television interview. Having let his teams down before with questionable on-ice plays, Kadri wanted to make headlines in a different way.
“I wanted to come out tonight and really put a mark on this game especially after what happened,” Kadri said after the Game 4 win. “I tried to do that as best as possible. I was able to strike early in the second period and was able to get the mojo going.”
The NHL betting lines total has gone over in four of the last six times Colorado has played on the road.
Avalanche vs Blues Head-to-Head
Colorado has won eight of the last nine games against St. Louis including a four-game sweep in the 2021 playoffs. The Avalanche had won seven consecutive home playoff games against St. Louis before a 4-1 loss in Game 2 of the series. The Blues will need to find a way to beat Colorado on the road again to extend the series. Three of the last six times the Blues played at Colorado in the playoffs, the result was a one-goal game.
Colorado has won the last six postseason games against St. Louis featuring at least six combined goals.
St. Louis has scored first in all four games in the series.
According to the sportsbook, the series price has moved to Colorado at -3000.
Blues vs Avalanche Game Information
- Game: Blues (49-22-11 in the regular season) vs Avalanche (56-19-7)
- Location: Ball Arena
- Day/Time: Wednesday, May 25, 8 p.m. ET
- Blues vs Avalanche Live Stream: NHL.TV
Blues vs Avalanche Betting Lines
Blues vs Avalanche Prediction
There are few signs that the St. Louis Blues will be able to extend this series. If there is a chance, better production in the second period would help. In the three wins Colorado has outscored St. Louis 8-3 in the second period. In the lone win, the Blues had both of the goals in the second period.
St. Louis will once again be without defensemen Torey Krug and Marco Scandella. They finished third and fourth among St. Louis defensemen in time on ice during the regular season and haven’t played yet in the series. Colorado will be missing defenseman Samuel Girard. It has been proven that the Avalanche have superior depth on the blue line.
St. Louis was thought to be in a must-win situation at home in Game 4 and managed just 20 shots on goal. What will the Blues be able to muster against a Colorado team playing at home with a chance to close out the series?
Pick: Avalanche -260
Pick: Avalanche -1½ (even)