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Blues vs. Avalanche - 12/29/14 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Colorado Avalanche (13-14-8) at St. Louis Blues (21-11-3)

NHL Hockey: Monday, December 29, 2014 at 8:00 pm (Scottrade Center)

The Line: St. Louis Blues -195 / Colorado Avalanche +175 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds

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The Colorado Avalanche and St. Louis Blues meet Monday night at the Scottrade Center.

The Colorado Avalanche have split their last eight games and remain dead last in the Central. The Avalanche are averaging 2.5 goals per game and have scored eight goals in their last three games. The Colorado Avalanche have four power play goals in their last four games and have won eight of their last 10 games when scoring at least three goals overall. Alex Tanguay leads Colorado with 12 goals, Jarome Iginla has 15 assists and Matt Duchene has 94 shots on goal. Defensively, the Avalanche are allowing three goals per game and have allowed a power play goal in five of their last 10 games. Calvin Pickard has allowed 30 goals on 457 shots faced and Semyon Varlamov has given up 47 goals on 543 shots.

Blues vs. Avalanche - 12/29/14 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The St. Louis Blues have split their last eight games and are hanging around in the Central. The Blues are averaging 2.9 goals per game and have scored five goals in their last three games. The St. Louis Blues have five power play goals in their last five games and have won five of their last seven games when scoring at least three goals overall. Vladimir Tarasenko leads St. Louis with 21 goals, Jori Lehtera has 17 assists and Jaden Schwartz has 77 shots on goal. Defensively, the Blues are allowing 2.5 goals per game and have allowed a power play goal in six straight games. Jake Allen has allowed 49 goals on 486 shots faced and Martin Brodeur has given up 13 goals on 120 shots.

The Avalanche are 6-16 in their last 22 road games and 6-2 in their last 8 games playing on 1 days rest. The Blues are 48-23 in their last 71 games playing on 1 days rest and 50-20 in their last 70 home games. The Avalanche are 1-6 in the last 7 meetings in St. Louis and 2-6 in the last 8 meetings overall.

The Blues should crush the Avalanche like they have in recent meetings. Take the spread to give you more value for your dollar. 

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St. Louis Blues -1.5

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