Colorado Avalanche (19-17-10) at St. Louis Blues (28-13-4)
|Date & Time||Monday January 19, 2015, 8:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: St. Louis Blues -221 / Colorado Avalanche +198 --- Over/Under: 5.5
The Blues look to keep rolling as they try to chase down the Nashville Predators for the division lead while the Avs look to jump back into the playoff race.
The Colorado Avalanche haven't had the season many envisioned coming into the preseason but they have started to turn it on of late going 6-2-2 in their last 10 contests and deserved a much better fate on the road against the Lightning in their last contest. Colorado took the league by storm last year and the odds makers never really caught on until the offseason when the hype was through the roof for this team and we couldn't catch a break backing Colorado as they had no value and we were hammering the other side with great success. However, the Avs are looking really nice at the moment and due to their underachieving results so far we are getting great value on this Avs team that isn't much different than their group a year ago and now they head into St. Louis to take on former teammate Paul Stastny and the Blues who have the Stanley Cup on their minds.
The Blues have really turned it up of late after a mediocre 5-5 stretch a few weeks ago as they have now ripped off a 7-2-1 mark and have both Jake Allen and Brian Elliott back in the saddle and not coincidentally the team is back to their winning ways. St. Louis is a scary team that is stacked from top to bottom and if they can add a piece or two at the trade deadline to their offensive core or a veteran blue liner it could push them over the edge and management will surely ride the two goalie system as long as possible after the Ryan Miller experiment last season flopped. The Blues right now are a team I have going very far in the Stanley Cup playoffs but the problem in this match up is desperation as that falls with the road team in a very big way and I think Colorado can not only keep this one close but pull off the win. As such, I might take a flier on the money line but taking Colorado to force overtime is a great play in this spot.