Colorado Avalanche vs St. Louis Blues NHL Picks, Odds, Predictions 4/2/21

Colorado Avalanche vs St. Louis Blues NHL Picks, Odds, Predictions 4/2/21 Photo by Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

St. Louis Blues (16-13-6) at Colorado Avalanche (23-8-4)

NHL Hockey: Friday, April 2, 2021 at 9:00 pm (Ball Arena)

The Line: Colorado Avalanche -210 / St. Louis Blues +188 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The St. Louis Blues and Colorado Avalanche meet Friday in NHL action at the Ball Arena.

The St. Louis Blues need a win after losing nine of their last 11 games. The St. Louis Blues are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 18.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Brayden Schenn leads St. Louis with 12 goals, David Perron has 22 assists and Torey Krug has 79 shots on goal. Defensively, the St. Louis Blues are allowing 3.2 goals per game and are killing 74.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Jordan Binnington has allowed 70 goals on 719 shots and Ville Husso has allowed 33 goals on 288 shots.

The Colorado Avalanche look to stay hot after winning 10 of their last 12 games. The Colorado Avalanche are averaging 3.6 goals per game and are scoring on 23.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Mikko Rantanen leads Colorado with 21 goals, Nathan MacKinnon has 30 assists and Nazem Kadri has 114 shots on goal. Defensively, the Colorado Avalanche are allowing 2.3 goals per game and are killing 87 percent of their opponents power plays. Philipp Grubauer has allowed 53 goals on 732 shots faced and Hunter Miska has allowed 18 goals on 111 shots.

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The Blues are 2-5 in their last 7 road games and 0-4 in their last 4 overall. The Avalanche are 9-1 in their last 10 home games and 10-2 in their last 12 overall. The under is 5-2-1 in Blues last 8 overall. The over is 8-1 in Avalanche last 9 overall. The Blues are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings in Colorado and 1-4 in the last 5 meetings. The favorite is 37-17 in the last 54 meetings. The home team is 37-17 in the last 54 meetings.

The St. Louis Blues have still played some of their better hockey on the road dating back to last season, but they've been on the struggle bus these last couple of weeks and a slipping defense is starting to get concerning. The Colorado Avalanche continue to pile up the wins, have been dominant at home especially and they beat the Blues 8-0 the last time these clubs played back in mid-January. The Blues are more than capable of turning things around, but this isn't the spot to expect such a thing. Give me the Avs and the PL for max betting value.

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Randy’s Pick Colorado Avalanche -1.5

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.

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