Colorado Avalanche vs. St. Louis Blues Game 3 Prediction, NHL Odds

Jordan Ramsay | Updated May 20, 2022

After stealing home ice advantage in Game 2, can the St. Louis Blues take the lead in their second-round playoff series when they host the Colorado Avalanche for Game 3 on Saturday?

Colorado
56-19-5-2
AT
May 21, 2022, 8:00 PM ET
Enterprise Center
St. Louis
49-22-8-3
Puckline -1.5 +149
Moneyline -165
Over / Under o +6.5

56%

Betting Action

44%

Puckline +1.5 -179
Moneyline +138
Over / Under u +6.5

56%

Betting Action

44%

The St. Louis Blues gave the Colorado Avalanche a taste of their own medicine on Thursday as they handed the Avs their first loss of the playoffs with a 4-1 victory.  Now with the second-round series even at one win apiece, the Blues are headed home to St. Louis to host Colorado for Game 3 on Saturday.

The Avalanche are -175 favourites to win Game 3, while the total is set at 6.5 on the NHL odds.

Avalanche vs. Blues NHL Betting Odds

Both games in this series have finished Under the total, breaking a six-game Over streak in head-to-heads between the teams.  Thursday’s win was actually St. Louis’ first playoff victory against Colorado since Game 3 of the 2001 Western Conference Final, a span of eight games.  It was also the Blues’ first ever playoff road win against the Avalanche.

Colorado comes into Saturday with seven wins in their last nine games against St. Louis, but it’s worth noting that they’ve dropped four of their last six road games this year.  The Avs have been one of the highest scoring teams in the NHL across the last couple of years, so it’s not surprising to see they have hit the Over in four of their last five road games against the Blues.  Colorado now sits as a -320 favourite to win the series.

St. Louis has been strong at home, winning eight of their last 11 games at Enterprise Center.  The total has gone Under in four of their last six games overall, but they’ve hit the Over in seven straight Saturday games.  The Blues have climbed to +253 series underdogs.

The favoured exact series result is for the Avalanche to win in six games at +219.  The biggest long shot is for St. Louis to win in five games at +1380.

Colorado Avalanche

Gabriel Landeskog scored the lone Avalanche goal on Thursday as Colorado lost for the first time in this postseason.  Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen assisted on the goal, the 13th time the trio has factored in on the same goal in the playoffs, which matches a franchise record.  MacKinnon has picked up a point in all six playoff games this year (5G, 3A).

Darcy Kuemper made 28 saves on 31 shots faced in Game 2.  Two of the goals that beat Kuemper were redirected off a defenceman’s stick.  There was a scare late in the first period when defenceman Cale Makar fell into the net and appeared to hurt his leg.  Makar stayed in the game, but he finished pointless for the second consecutive contest.  The 23-year-old leads the team with 10 playoff points (3G, 7A).

St. Louis Blues

The Blues did a great job of taking away open ice for Colorado in Game 2 as they were clearly the more physical, harder-checking team.  Jordan Kyrou opened the scoring, while David Perron potted two goals, including one on the power-play.  Former Avalanche winger Brandon Saad added an empty-netter.  St. Louis, who went with five forwards on the man advantage, has scored a power-play goals in all eight playoff games this year (10-for-29).  Ryan O’Reilly, another former Colorado player, assisted on Kyrou’s goal to extend his point streak to six games (5G, 3A).

Jordan Binnington had another stellar performance on Thursday.  After stopping 51 shots in Game 1, the Blues goaltender earned his 20th career playoff victory with a 30-save performance in Game 2.  Binnington is looking like he did in 2019 when he led St. Louis to the Stanley Cup with a 2.46 goals-against average as a rookie goaltender.  Since 2019, only Andrei Vasilevskiy (40-21) and Tuuka Rask (22-16) have more playoff wins than Binnington.

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