The NHL playoffs will continue on Wednesday with four matchups spanning all four divisions. Over the nightcap, the St. Louis Blues and Colorado Avalanche will renew hostilities in Game 2 of their West Division semifinals series. The home team scored a convincing win in Game 1 and is a strong NHL betting favorite ahead of today’s matchup. This NHL betting preview for the matchup Blues vs Avalanche NHL Playoffs includes game info, betting trends, odds and a prediction for Game 2 of this series.
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Blues vs Avalanche game info
NHL West Division Semifinals NHL Playoffs Game 2 (COL leads 1-0)
St. Louis Blues (63 points, 27-20-9, 15-9-4 away) versus Colorado Avalanche (82 points, 39-13-4, 22-4-2 home)
Date: Wednesday, May 19, 2021
Start time: 10:30 PM EST
Conference location: Ball Arena – Denver, CO
The Blues followed the 3-Seed Minnesota Wild in the final West Division standings by 12 points. One such discrepancy was evident in Game 1 of their NHL playoff series against the Presidents’ Trophy-winning Avalanche. The 1: 4 defeat can certainly not be blamed on goalkeeper Jordan Binnington. He did everything he could, stopping 46 of 49 shots on goal to save 0.939 percent. Unfortunately, the Blues could only score 23 shots on goal at the other end. Binnington may have to be as perfect as it gets if St. Louis is to turn it into a series.
Game 1 was a virtual walk in the park for the gifted avalanche. The stars were on the move as Nathan MacKinnon (two goals, one assist) and Gabriel Landeskog (one goal, two assist) each scored three points. Mikko Rantanen also interfered with two assists. This type of talent has made Colorado the best record in the NHL regular betting season. Philip Grubauer stopped all but one of the shots he faced in Game 1. As long as he holds his own on the net, the Avs could be recognized as a Stanley Cup champion in about a month.
Photo credit: Debora Robinson | NHLI via Getty Images
Blues vs Avalanche NHL betting odds
Moneyline: STL: (+270) | COL: (-335)
Puck Line: STL: +1.5 (+100) | COL: -1.5 (-120)
Total: 5.5 – About: (-110) | Bottom: (-110)
Blues vs Avalanche betting trends
- Blues are 0-4 SU in their last four games as NHL betting underdogs.
- Under are 7-0 in the Blues’ last seven games after losing three or more goals.
- Over is 9-2 in the Avalanche’s last 11 playoff games as an NHL betting favorite.
- Avalanche is 4-0 SU in their last four head-to-head encounters against the Blues in Colorado.
- Under is 5-1 in the last six Blues against Avalanche head-to-head matchups in Colorado.
Blues vs Avalanche prediction
This NHL prediction uses NumberFire’s probabilistic model. They give Colorado a 66.8% chance of winning Game 1 of this NHL Playoffs matchup.
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