St. Louis Blues vs. Colorado Avalanche - 11/1/14 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Colorado Avalanche (3-4-4) at St. Louis Blues (5-3-1)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, November 1, 2014 at 8:00 pm (Scottrade Center)
The Line: St. Louis Blues -150 / Colorado Avalanche +136 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: Altitude 2, FSN-MW
The Colorado Avalanche and St. Louis Blues will play Saturday night at the Scottrade Center.
The Colorado Avalanche have lost six of their last eight games and have been struggling at both ends of the ice. The Avalanche have scored two or less goals in seven of their last 11 games and are scoring on just 15 percent of their power plays. The Colorado Avalanche have lost 13 of their last 14 games when scoring two or less goals. Alex Tanguay and Gabriel Landeskog have combined for eight goals, Tyson Barrie has six assists and Matt Duchene has 35 shots on goal. Defensively, Reto Berra has allowed five goals on 74 shots, Semyon Varlamov has allowed 17 goals on 259 shots and Calvin Pickard has allowed seven goals on 63 shots. The bright spot for the Avalanche is that they have the second best penalty killing percentage in the league at 91.1 percent.
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The St. Louis Blues have won three straight games and are getting the job done defensively. The Blues are third in the league with an average of 1.9 goals allowed and are coming off a shutout win against Anaheim on Thursday. Much of the goals allowed have come on the power play, as the Blue have allowed at least one power play goal in five of their last six games. Jake Allen has allowed four goals on 71 shots and Brian Elliott has allowed 12 goals on 144 shots. The St. Louis Blues have won 16 of their last 17 games when allowing two or less goals. Offensively, Jaden Schwartz leads the Blues with five goals, Kevin Shattenkirk has eight assists and Vladimir Tarasenko has 38 shots on goal. Joakim Lindstromis questionable for this game with an infection.
The Avalanche are 1-10 in their last 11 road games and 3-10 in their last 13 overall. The Blues are 41-17 in their last 58 home games and 39-18 in their last 57 games playing on 1 days rest. The Avalanche are 1-5 in the last 6 meetings in St. Louis, while the home team is 9-3 in the last 12 meetings.
This is actually a decent price to get the St. Louis Blues at, especially with the way the Avalanche have been playing. I'm not sure how anybody could back Colorado with the way it has been playing the first couple of weeks.