St. Louis Blues (42-28-6) at Colorado Avalanche (20-53-3)
|Date & Time||Friday March 31, 2017, 9:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Colorado Avalanche +195 / St. Louis Blues -218 --- Over/Under: 5
The St. Louis Blues visit the Pepsi Center for an NHL hockey bout with the Colorado Avalanche.
The St. Louis Blues have been in a groove for several weeks and it comes at a time when teams are fighting for position in the playoffs or are making a last digit push to secure a spot in the postseason. The surging Blues cranked up the defense to down the Arizona Coyotes 3-1 Wednesday for their 11th win in 13 contests which is a nice 23 points to the good. Patrik Berglund and Vladimir Tarasenko tallied to give the Blues a 2-0 edge heading to the third period where David Perron scored on the empty net to wrap things up. Carter Hutton stopped 22 shots to get the win including a stop on a Tobias Rieder breakaway. Alex Goligoski gave the Coyotes with his third period power play goal that cut the Blues lead to 2-1 but it was all the offense could muster and a monster 40 save performance from Louis Dominigue was not enough.
The Colorado Avalanche have had their share of problems this season and are probably looking forward to the offseason to regroup and focus on net year. The Washington Capitals were sure not to overlook the Avs Wednesday with the best record in hockey still up for grabs along with the Metropolitan Division lead and their 5-3 victory on Wednesday kept them atop the NHL. The balanced Capitals attack produce goals from Evgeny Kuznetsov, Jay Beagle, Marcus Johansson, John Carlson and Lars Eller. Kevin Shattenkirk added two helpers and Philipp Grubauer recorded 32 stops to get the win. The Avalanche scoring came off the sticks of Mikko Rantanen, Matt Nieto and Nathan MacKinnon but Calvin Pickard’s 30 stops wasn’t enough to prevent a seven game slide.
The under is 3-0-1 in Blues last 4 vs. Western Conference and the under is 3-0-1 in Blues last 4 overall while the Blues are 4-0 in their last 4 road games. The under is 6-0 in Avalanche last 6 Friday games and the Avalanche are 0-11 in their last 11 home games vs. a team with a winning road record while the over is 4-0-1 in Avalanche last 5 when their opponent allows 2 goals or less in their previous game. The Blues are 5-0 in the last 5 meetings and the under is 11-4-1 in the last 16 meetings while the home team is 17-8 in the last 25 meetings.
The under has been a strong play and St. Louis has fared well versus Colorado and are my choice until goalies are confirmed…