Colorado Avalanche (5-5-0) at St. Louis Blues (5-4-2)
|Date & Time||Sunday November 6, 2016, 5:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: St. Louis Blues -213 / Colorado Avalanche +165 --- Over/Under:
The St. Louis Blues look for a big home ice win on Sunday as they host the Colorado Avalanche after both teams registered a win on Saturday.
The Avalanche take to the road after an impressive 1-0 win at home against the Minnesota Wild on Saturday afternoon and after Calvin Pickard stepped in and recorded the shutout for the Avs yesterday they will go back to starter Semyon Varlamov in this one who is expected to line up against Jake Allen who was on the bench in favour of Carter Hutton yesterday. The Avs are off to sa decent start as they are 5-5 through their first 10 games and will look to turn a corner as the month of November moves along and for a group that plays in a competitive Pacific division I think they are capable of going on a run as no team right now seems to be taking the division for their own.
The Blues meanwhile are starting to roll and are off to another strong start this season and as a favourite to come out of the West again this season it should come as no surprise that they are having early season success. The win yesterday brought the Blues to 5-4-2 on the season as they recorded points in seven of 11 games so far but there is certainly room for improvement and a win at home against the Avalanche in this one would put them on track in the Central and keep them in the early running for top spot. Allen is looking to prove his worth as the team’s every day starter and a show down against Varlamov here could reassert him as the go to guy for St. Louis moving forward.
The Avs are 2-8 in their last 10 against the West and 1-4 in their last five overall while the Blues are 6-0 in their last six games of a back to back and 7-0 in their last seven Sunday games. Colorado is a good team but the Blues are a bit better and I think with both in a back to back this will come down to defense which favours the home side.