Colorado Avalanche vs. St. Louis Blues - 4/7/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
St. Louis Blues (44-31-6) at Colorado Avalanche (42-30-9)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, April 7, 2018 at 9:00 pm (Pepsi Center)
The Line: Colorado Avalanche -120 / St. Louis Blues +109 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSMW, ALT
The St. Louis Blues and Colorado Avalanche meet Saturday in NHL action at the Pepsi Center.
The St. Louis Blues look for another victory after splitting their last eight games. The St. Louis Blues are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 15.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Vladimir Tarasenko leads St. Louis with 33 goals, Brayden Schenn has 40 assists and Jaden Schwartz has 149 shots on goal. Defensively, the St. Louis Blues are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 79.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Jake Allen has given up 149 goals on 1,577 shots faced and Carter Hutton has allowed 55 goals on 790 shots. The St. Louis Blues have allowed four or more goals in five of their last 10 games.
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The Colorado Avalanche could use a bounce back victory here after losing five of their last six games. The Colorado Avalanche are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 21.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Nathan MacKinnon leads Colorado with 38 goals, Mikko Rantanen has 54 assists and Gabriel Landeskog has 177 shots on goal. Defensively, the Colorado Avalanche are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 83.5 percent of their opponents power plays. Semyon Varlamov has given up 128 goals on 1,595 shots faced and Jonathan Bernier has allowed 93 goals on 1,058 shots. The Colorado Avalanche have allowed three or more goals in five of their last eight games.
The Blues are 35-17 in their last 52 games playing on 0 days rest, 92-42 in their last 134 Saturday games and 5-12 in their last 17 vs. Western Conference. The Avalanche are 19-7 in their last 26 home games, 27-60 in their last 87 vs. Western Conference and 1-5 in their last 6 overall. The Blues are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Colorado, 9-2 in the last 11 meetings and the under is 15-6-1 in the last 22 meetings.
There's a lot of value with the St. Louis Blues and the plus money when you consider just how good they have been on the end of back to backs and the fact they've won eight of the last 10 meetings against the Colorado Avalanche. However, the Avalanche do have the rest advantage, have been very tough at home, and it's the home team that usually gets the advantage when a playoff spot is on the line. Close game that's pretty much a coin flip, but I give the edge to Colorado because of the home ice. Being at home is a huge factor in playoff games.