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Colorado Avalanche vs. St. Louis Blues - 3/21/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
St. Louis Blues (38-28-5) at Colorado Avalanche (20-48-3)
Date & Time Tuesday March 21, 2017, 9:00 PM (EDT)
Location
The Line
The Line: Colorado Avalanche +170 / St. Louis Blues -200 --- Over/Under: 5
TV Channel
FS-Altitude, FS-Midwest
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The St. Louis Blues shoot for a road win at the Colorado Avalanche in late Tuesday night NHL hockey.

It seems the hiring of Mike Yeo has been a good move for the St. Louis Blues who have been surging over the past several weeks. The Blues have been hot and showed no signs of letting up Saturday after a defense dominated 3-0 victory at the Gila River Arena and the Arizona Coyotes. The Blues attack featured goals off the sticks of Alex Pietrangelo, Scottie Upshaw and David Perron while Jake Allen came up big with a 31 save performance to earn his 4th shutout of the year. St. Louis has now won seven of eight as Allen continued his dominant play versus the Coyotes where he upped his career record to 6-0-0. The Yotes never got their offense going which left goalie Mike Smith on his own and his strong 38 save effort still wasn’t enough.

The Chicago Blackhawks were heavy favorites against the visiting Colorado Avalanche on Sunday but the Avs played like the favorite as they took a 3-1 lead in to the third before they woke up a sleeping giant. The Blackhawks erased a two goal deficit with five unanswered goals to win 6-3. The Chicago offense saw  Jonathan Toews tally twice with Patrick Kane, Artemi Panarin, Richard Panik and Marcus Kruger also finding the back of the net. Scott Darling recorded 22 stops to pick up the victory to lift the Blackhawks to their 5th consecutive win. Mikhail Grigorenko gave the Avalanche two goals with Sven Andrighetto also joining the scoring column. Jeremy Smith’s 6th career start started off well before he was overwhelmed in the third period with his 28 saves falling short.

The under is 6-0-1 in Blues last 7 road games and the under is 3-0-1 in Blues last 4 vs. Western Conference while the Blues are 4-0 in their last 4 vs. a team with a losing record. The under is 4-0-1 in Avalanche last 5 Tuesday games and the over is 5-1 in Avalanche last 6 vs. Central while the Avalanche are 1-5 in their last 6 games following a loss of 3 or more goals. The Blues are 4-0 in the last 4 meetings and the under is 15-5-4 in the last 24 meetings while the under is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings in Colorado. 

St. Louis has done well versus the Avalanche and scoring has been limited so I’ll go with the Blues until I see who is in the nets…

Pick:
St. Louis -.5 // will update

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