Colorado Avalanche vs. St. Louis Blues Prediction, NHL Odds

Jordan Ramsay | Updated Apr 26, 2021

Few teams have had an answer for Nathan MacKinnon this season. The Avs star is fourth in NHL scoring and is riding a 13-game point streak heading into Monday.

Colorado
39-13-3-1
AT
April 26, 2021, 7:00 PM ET
Enterprise Center
St. Louis
27-20-6-3
Puckline -1.5 +145
Moneyline -186
Over / Under o +6

74%

Betting Action

26%

Puckline +1.5 -175
Moneyline +155
Over / Under u +6

74%

Betting Action

26%

It already feels like a playoff series between from the Avalanche’s perspective, as Colorado will play their fourth straight game in St. Louis on Monday night.  The Blues got the better of the Avs with a 5-3 win on Saturday, but it was Colorado that came out on top in the previous two games.

The Avalanche are -167 favourites to win on the NHL odds with a total of 6.5.

Avalanche vs. Blues Betting Analysis

The Avs carry a 5-2 edge in wins over the seven games of this season series. Colorado has outscored St. Louis by a combined 25-17 this year, but it’s worth noting the Over has only hit three times and an 8-0 Avalanche win in January has skewed the numbers a bit.

Even with multiple COVID issues this season, the Avs are still powering through opponents for the most part.  Colorado has won five of their last six games overall as well as four of their last five road games.  The Avalanche are 20-25 against the spread and have only covered in eight of 21 road games.  Colorado has hit the Over in 13 of their last 19 games.

After a strong start to the year, St. Louis has taken a downturn and fallen out of a playoff spot in the standings.  The Blues have dropped 13 of their last 18 home games and 10 of their last 14 games overall.  They’ve been brutal at covering, going 15-30 ATS.  St. Louis has been an Under team in six of their last 10 games.

Colorado Avalanche

The Avs have split both their games against St. Louis since a COVID outbreak caused a three-game delay.  Early on, Colorado looked well on the way to a win on Saturday after going up 2-0 just over three minutes into the game.  It looked like the Avalanche might tie the game late in the third period before an empty-netter put them away with a 5-3 loss.  Nathan MacKinnon‘s goal and two assists extended his point streak to 13 games, the longest current streak in the NHL.  MacKinnon is fourth in NHL scoring with 59 points (18G, 41A).  Paired with MacKinnon on the top line, Mikko Rantanen is second in NHL goals with 26, despite missing the last few games on the NHL’s COVID protocols list.  Rantanen is expected to return soon, but won’t play on Monday.

Devan Dubnyk will likely get the start again on Monday, after making 25 saves on Saturday.  Dubnyk is 3-2-1 with a 3.04 goals-against average and .900 save percentage since being acquired at the trade deadline.  After a disastrous run of goalie injuries in last year’s playoff bubble, GM Joe Sakic has shored up the position by trading for Dubnyk and Jonas Johansson this season.  Colorado’s No. 1 goaltender, Philipp Grubauer, has been sidelined on the COVID protocol list, while backup Pavel Francouz has missed the entire year with a hip injury.  Grubauer is now off the COVID list, but he isn’t expected to play until this weekend.

St. Louis Blues

It was a must-win game for St. Louis on Saturday.  The Blues now trail Arizona by one point for the final playoff spot in the Western Division, but with three games in-hand over the ‘Yotes, they’re not in panic mode, yet.  Captain Ryan O’Reilly was the hero on Saturday.  The former Avalanche player scored a hat trick and assisted on the game-winning goal.  It was his second hat trick of the season and the third of his NHL career.  O’Reilly leads the team in goals (20) and points (43).

Jordan Binnington made 27 saves in the win and will likely start again on Monday.  Binnington has had an up-and-down season, posting a record of 13-14-5 with a 2.73 GAA and .908 SV.  Keep an eye on the back-end for St. Louis leading up to game time.  Defencemen Colton Parayko (upper-body) and Vince Dunn (undisclosed) both left Saturday’s game early with injury and did not return.  Both players are listed as questionable for Monday.  Parayko already missed 21 games with an upper-body injury earlier this season, although coach Craig Berube the current upper-body issue isn’t related to the earlier injury.

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