Colorado Avalanche (29-19-4) at St. Louis Blues (32-20-3)
|Date & Time||Thursday February 8, 2018, 8:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: St. Louis Blues / Colorado Avalanche --- Over/Under:
The Colorado Avalanche look to send the St. Louis Blues to another home loss as the two sides meet up in Missouri on Thursday night.
The Avalanche look to continue their impressive season as they head into St. Louis to face off against the Blues who have hit a bit of a speed bump in their season and were absolutely waxed on home ice against the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday night. The Avs have gone on a 12-4 stretch in their last 16 games and have been taking down some of the league’s best teams as they are 10-2 in their last 12 against a team with a winning record, and with Jonathan Bernier confirmed in the Colorado crease tonight and Jake Allen expected to get the call for the Blues I think the goaltending edge stays with the visitors. The Avs have had a miserable stretch against the Blues though as they are 2-12 in their last 14 meetings in St. Louis and 1-8 in their last nine meetings overall which doesn’t bode well for them here.
The Blues meanwhile have had success on Thursday night’s with a 13-5 stretch in their last 18 games but they have stumbled to a 3-7 ark in their last 10 against the Western Conference and have had a tough time deciding between Carter Hutton and Jake Allen in the crease as the latter was expected to be the every game starter but hasn’t had a great season. St. Louis does have the talent to compete with some of the league’s best teams and they are likely to go fishing for a top end rental at the trade deadline which could put them over the edge but to me they still have a few glaring holes and against the Avalanche here we might see them on display as Colorado has been taking down teams at an exciting rate.
The Avs are 9-2 in their last 11 following a win and 14-3 in their last 17 playing on one day’s rest while the Blues are 12-2 in their last 14 at home against Colorado and 8-1 in their last nine meetings with the Avs overall. Colorado is playing the better hockey right now and while the Blues were embarrassed last time out and will be up for a rebound I don’t see it happening. Take Colorado.