The Colorado Avalanche will be going head-to-head against the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday in what should be a tight game. The Avalanche are on a roll lately, coming in on a three-game winning streak while also having cashed in eight of their last nine on the sports betting lines. Meanwhile, the Blues have won their past three games after finally breaking away from their atrocious seven game losing streak. Will the Avalanche dominate in this game or will the Blues keep this one close?
Colorado Avalanche at St. Louis Blues
Date: Wednesday, April 14th, 2021 – 7:30 p.m. ET
Location: Enterprise Center, St. Louis, MO
The Avalanche are one of the best teams in the league right now, which explains why they’re the favorite atop the Stanley Cup odds. Their offense has been a huge part of that success as the team has picked up three or more goals in seven of their last nine games out. Not to mention the fact that they rank first in the league in goals per game, shots per game, and scoring efficiency.
That isn’t even including that they are ninth in the NHL in shooting percentage. Nathan MacKinnon is the leader of the team with 52 points on the year and has picked up at least one point in ten straight games. Taking his stats to the entire league would show that he is fifth in total points and fourth in total assists.
But to make matters worse for their opponents, their goaltending has been fantastic to pair with their explosive scoring. They have allowed two or less goals in six out of their last nine games while ranking second in the league in goals against per contest. Philipp Grubauer has a 25-8-1 record and a 2.00 GAA with a .920 save percentage. This team is going to be very hard to beat.
St. Louis Blues
The Blues have been struggling this season despite their recent three-game winning streak. Their offense has just not been what they have been had hoped as they’ve scored two goals or less in seven of their last 10 outings. David Perron leads the team with 40 points on the year but as a squad overall, they are ranked 16th in goals per game and 13th in shots. Ryan O’Reilly is right behind Perron with 39 points.
The two of them have been doing all that they can to make up for their bad goaltending. Jordan Binnington has a record of 12-11-5 with a 2.65 GAA and a .910 save percentage but the team is just 21st in goals against per game and 26th in opponent shooting percentage. When going up against such a hot team like the Avalanche, their goaltending is going to need to be stellar, or else this game could get ugly early on. Expect St. Louis to try and come out fast and physical to avoid falling into a deep hole.
Pick: Colorado Avalanche -1½ (+140)
Avalanche vs. Blues Prediction: Avalanche 4, Blues 1