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St. Louis Blues at Colorado Avalanche Game 1 Betting Preview

Now entering the second round of the NHL playoffs, the St. Louis Blues and Colorado Avalanche are set to face off for what should be an entertaining series.

The Blues ended round 1 following a Game 6 win over Minnesota, while the Avalanche have been resting for a bit longer after they swept Nashville.

The Blues entered the playoffs finishing third in the Central Division and upset the Wild in round 1. The Avalanche were first in the Central Division and the number one team in the Western Conference.

Colorado is listed as the moneyline favorite at -220 over St. Louis, who has moneyline odds of +180. The over/under is currently listed at 6.5 total goals.

St. Louis Blues Look to Bring Offensive First Round into the Second

The St. Louis Blues completed the first-round upset over Minnesota and now look to complete another upset now against the top team in the Western Conference. The Blues found the back of the net 22 times in their six first-round games for an average of 3.66 goals scored per game.

David Perron led the team with nine points and is tied for number one in team goals with five goals scored. Ryan O’Reilly and Vladimir Tarasenko are tied for the team goals lead as they both also scored five goals in the first round.

Although the Blues faced some injury struggles in the first round, they managed to allow just 16 goals in the first round for a GAA of 2.66, which ranks them fifth amongst other playoff teams. Ville Husso started the first three games of the series and finished with a 1-2 record and a GAA of 3.02.

Following two straight losses, the Blues decided to change things up with Jordan Binnington getting the final three starts to finish with a 3-0 record and a GAA of 1.67. Look for Binnington to get the nod in Round 2 as he has the hot hand.

The Blues finished Round 1 ranking fifth in both goals for and goals allowed per game. They also rank fourth in PP% with 30.8% and seventh in PK% with 83.3%.

Colorado Avalanche Hopes To Continue Dominance

The Colorado Avalanche entered the playoffs with the best odds to win the Stanley Cup, and they proved that to be right following a first-round sweep against Nashville.

The Avalanche finished the first round with 21 goals in four games for an average of 5.25 goals for per game. Their goals per game rate ranks them in first in the playoffs, while their goal total has them ranked eighth, even playing at least two games less than others.

The Avalanche were led by Nathan MacKinnon on offense with five goals and one assist in four games. Defenseman Cale Makar shined as usual with a team-leading ten points and seven assists in the first round and is tied for fifth in playoff points.

Regular season team leader in goals, Mikko Rantanen, was held without a goal in Round 1 so look for him to get in the mix this round.

On the defensive end of the ice, the Avalanche allowed nine goals for a GAA of 2.25, where they rank third in the playoffs. Goalie Darcy Kuemper went down in Game 3 and missed Game 4 but looks to be healthy for Round 2.

Kuemper finished with a 2-0 record and a GAA of 1.63. In relief, Pavel Francouz finished with a 2-0 record and allowed five goals for a GAA of 2.97.

On special teams, Colorado finished Round 1 ranked as the top power play team with a PP% of 43.8%. Shorthanded, the Avalanche are ranked tenth with a PK% of 76.9%.

Blues/Avalanche Betting Prediction

The St. Louis Blues and Colorado Avalanche enter Round 2 of the playoffs, having played three previous times in the regular season. The Avalanche hold the regular-season series lead with a 2-1 record against the Blues, with the Avalanche as the favorite in all three.

In those three games, the Avalanche were 1-2 against the spread, with their last meeting resulting in a 5-3 win for Colorado. The over/under for all three games was set at 6.5 and went “over” in all three games.

Both teams scored plenty of goals in the first round, with the Avalanche ranking first in the goals for per game with 5.25 and Blues ranking fifth with 3.67 goals for per game.

On the defensive end, both teams ended Round 1 ranking top five in goals against as Colorado is ranked third with a GAA of 2.25 and St. Louis is ranked fifth with a GAA of 2.67.

In Round 1, the Avalanche’s games averaged 7.5 goals per game while the Blues games averaged 6.3 goals per game. Only one game in each series failed to reach the over.

With both offenses scoring at high rates and averaging high game totals, the play here is goals, as both are capable of each scoring four or more goals a game.

Look for Makar and MacKinnon to continue getting things done for the Avalanche while O’Reilly, Perron, and Tarasenko look to do the same for the Blues. Take the Over 6.5 (-110).

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