Colorado Avalanche vs. St. Louis Blues - 2/16/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
St. Louis Blues at Colorado Avalanche
Saturday, February 16, 2019 at 3:00 PM (Pepsi Center)
Colorado Avalanche -102 / St. Louis Blues -120
TV: Altitude, FS-Midwest
The St. Louis Blues and the Colorado Avalanche meet in NHL action from the Pepsi Center on Saturday afternoon.
The St. Louis Blues will look to stay hot after winning 8 in a row after a 4-0 win over the Arizona Coyotes in their last outing. Joel Edmundson opened the scoring for the Blues just 3:33 into the game before Vladimir Tarasenko doubled the Blues’ lead. Tarasenko doubled his own personal tally, making it 3-0 with the lone goal of the 2nd period and Robert Bortuzzo added a 4th for good measure in the latter stages of the 3rd period. Jordan Binnington stopped all 21 of the shots faced in the winning effort to improve to 11-1-1 with his 3rd shutout of the season and a rookie franchise record 7th straight victory.
The Colorado Avalanche will look to pick up some momentum after a 4-1 win over the Winnipeg Jets on the road in their last outing. Dominic Toninato opened the scoring for the Avs 5:21 into the game before Gabriel Landeskog doubled the lead. The advantage lasted all of :24 before Winnipeg pulled a goal back to make it 2-1 after 20 minutes of play, but that’s as close as the ‘Peg would get as J.T. Compher scored in the 2nd and Sven Andrighetto buried in the 3rd to give the Avs the win as Colorado shut the door on the Jets down the stretch. Semyon Varlamov got the win to improve to 14-14-8 after stopping 24 of the 25 shots faced in the winning effort.
St. Louis is 8-0 in their last 8 games overall and 6-0 in their last 6 road games while the over is 10-3 in their last 13 games as a favorite of -110 to -150. Colorado is 6-22 in their last 28 games overall and 1-6 in their last 7 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 6-2 in their last 8 home games. St. Louis is 11-3 in the last 14 meetings between these two teams and 5-2 in the last 7 meetings between these two teams in Colorado.
If this line is a trap then call me a fool for biting. We’re getting arguably the hottest team in the NHL over the last couple of weeks with a low line against an Avs team that’s been one of the more profitable fade plays in the NHL over the last couple of months. Sure, St. Louis is bound to cool off at some point, but given the amount of success the Blues have had in this matchup, I don’t think the run stops just yet. I’ll lay the juice with the Blues here.