The Wild Card standings in the Western Conference are getting tight, and the Colorado Avalanche and St. Louis Blues are both in the mix. St. Louis has used a recent winning streak to take over the top wild-card spot in the West, while the Avalanche are just two points out of the final playoff spot.
Colorado recently underwent a brutal eight-game losing streak, but they were able to get a win in their last game against the Winnipeg Jets. St. Louis is currently riding an eight-game streak into this game, but things won’t be easy on them against the Avalanche. The Avalanche are one of the best scoring teams in the NHL, but the St. Louis Blues don’t give up goals that easily.
Avalanche vs. Blues Odds
The St. Louis Blues are the favorites in this game, coming in at -120. The over/under for total goals scored in this matchup is set at 6.0 goals.
Avalanche vs. Blues Head to Head
The first two matchups between the Avalanche and Blues have gone into overtime, and Colorado has lost both games. St. Louis has outscored the Avalanche 7-5 in the first two meetings of the season.
Avalanche vs. Blues Stats
The Colorado Avalanche can put up goals in a hurry, but they also struggle to keep teams from scoring back at them. The Avalanche are averaging 3.26 goals per game this season while giving up 3.30 goals per night. Right winger Mikko Rantanen leads the team with 52 assists and 76 points so far this season. Goalie Semyon Varlamov leads the team with 14 wins and a 2.93 goals against average.
St. Louis is averaging just 2.98 goals per game this season, but they have held opponents to just 2.88 goals per contest. The Blues have struggled on special teams as well, killing off just 79.2 percent of their penalties this season. Center Ryan O’Reilly leads the team with 36 assists and 57 points, while Vladimir Tarasenko leads the team with 24 goals.
Avalanche vs. Blues News
Colorado has been dealing with a ton of injuries of late, but they have been able to keep their top stars on the ice. Ian Cole and Mark Barberio were both placed on injured reserve earlier this month with undisclosed injuries. 20-year-old Tyson Jost was recently recalled from AHL to take one of the roster spots.
The Blues will be without David Perron and Carl Gunnarsson in this game as both are dealing with injuries. Perron has been placed on injured reserve with an upper-body injury, while Gunnarsson is day-to-day with an injury suffered in the most recent game.
Avalanche vs. Blues Predictions
The St. Louis Blues are absolutely rolling at this point of the season, and their offense has been unstoppable of late. The Avalanche will be a very desperate team in this game, but they don’t have enough to slow down the Blues. Bet the St. Louis Blues -120 over the Colorado Avalanche.