Avalanche vs. Blues - 1/6/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
St. Louis Blues (23-14-5) at Colorado Avalanche (19-18-3)
NHL Hockey: Wednesday, January 6, 2016 at 10:00 pm (Pepsi Center)
The Line: Colorado Avalanche +103 / St. Louis Blues -114 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSMW, ALT
The St. Louis Blues and Colorado Avalanche meet Wednesday night at the Pepsi Center.
The St. Louis Blues could use a nice victory after losing five of their last eight games. The St. Louis Blues are averaging 2.4 goals per game and are scoring on 21.7 percent of their power plays. Vladimir Tarasenko leads St. Louis with 23 goals, Alexander Steen has 24 assists and David Backes has 82 shots on goal. Defensively, the St. Louis Blues are allowing 2.4 goals per game and are killing 85.1 percent of their power play chances. Jake Allen has allowed 63 goals on 851 shots faced and Brian Elliott has given up 30 goals on 355 shots. Allen has allowed eight goals in his last three games.
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The Colorado Avalanche look for a victory after splitting their last eight games. The Colorado Avalanche are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 21.7 percent of their power plays. Matt Duchene leads Colorado with 18 goals, Nathan MacKinnon has 20 assists and Jarome Iginla has 99 shots on goal. Defensively, the Colorado Avalanche are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 80 percent of their power play chances. Semyon Varlamov has allowed 68 goals on 784 shots faced and Reto Berra has given up 29 goals on 374 shots. Berra has allowed six goals in his last three games.
The Blues are 16-5 in their last 21 vs. Western Conference and 2-5 in their last 7 road games. The Avalanche are 6-1 in their last 7 vs. a team with a winning record and 1-4 in their last 5 home games. The Blues are 9-25-4 in the last 38 meetings in Colorado and 8-3 in the last 11 meetings overall.
The Avalanche are playing the better hockey right now and have actually played their best when going up against winning teams. Add the fact the Blues have a horrible track record of playing in Colorado, and I like the home team and the slight plus money.