St. Louis Blues vs Colorado Avalanche NHL Picks, Odds, Predictions 4/22/21

St. Louis Blues vs Colorado Avalanche NHL Picks, Odds, Predictions 4/22/21 Photo by Jeff Le-USA TODAY Sports

Colorado Avalanche (30-9-4) at St. Louis Blues (19-18-6)

NHL Hockey: Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 8:00 pm (Enterprise Center)

The Line: St. Louis Blues +138 / Colorado Avalanche -152 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The Colorado Avalanche and the St. Louis Blues meet in NHL action from the Enterprise Center on Thursday night.

The Colorado Avalanche will look to build on a 4-3 win over the Blues in their last game. Nathan MacKinnon leads the Avs in scoring with 53 points including 17 goals and a team-high 36 assists while Mikko Rantanen has 52 points with a team-high 26 goals to match his 26 assists. Gabriel Landeskog has 41 points with 16 goals and 25 assists. Sam Girard and Cale Makar each have 31 points with a combined 53 assists between the two defensemen while Nazem Kadri, Joonas Donskoi and Andre Burakovsky all have double-digit goal and assist tallies this season. As a team, Colorado is averaging 3.6 goals on 34.8 shots with a 23.6% success rate on the power play while allowing 2.3 goals on 25.6 shots with an 82.7% kill rate on the PK this season.

The St. Louis Blues will try to bounce back from their 3-2 loss to Arizona last time out. David Perron leads the Blues in scoring with 42 points including 13 goals and a team-high 29 assists while Ryan O’Reilly has 39 points with a team-high 17 goals and 22 assists. Brayden Schenn, Mike Hoffman and Jordan Kyrou each have double-digit goal and assists this season while Torey Krug has 22 assists. As a team, St. Louis is averaging 2.8 goals on 29.9 shots with a 20.2% success rate on the power play while allowing 3.1 goals on 29.9 shots against with a 75.7% success rate on the PK this season.

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Colorado is 42-15 in their last 57 games against a team with a losing record and 48-22 in their last 70 games overall while the over is 5-2 in their last 7 games as a road favorite. St. Louis is 3-9 in their last 12 games overall and 7-20 in their last 27 home games while the over is 12-4-1 in their last 17 games as a home underdog. The under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.

The St. Louis Blues need this game a lot more than the Avalanche do, but the Blues aren’t really playing well enough even to justify the price as a home dog, especially when the Blues have been a dumpster fire at home this season. The Avs are simply the better team here and the team playing far better hockey, so I’ll lay the price with the Avs on the road here.

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Chris’s Pick Colorado -152

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

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