St. Louis Blues vs. Colorado Avalanche Game 1 Prediction, NHL Odds

Jordan Ramsay | Updated May 17, 2022

The Colorado Avalanche will look to avoid a fourth straight second-round playoff exit when they open their series against the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday night.

St. Louis
49-22-8-3
AT
May 17, 2022, 9:30 PM ET
Pepsi Center
Colorado
56-19-5-2
Puckline +1.5 -116
Moneyline +207
Over / Under o +6.5

22%

Betting Action

78%

Puckline -1.5 -104
Moneyline -250
Over / Under u +6.5

22%

Betting Action

78%

The Colorado Avalanche will be well rested when they open their second-round playoff series against the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday night.  Colorado, who has been off since completing a sweep of Nashville on May 9, was the only first-round team to win their series in less than six games.  St. Louis last hit the ice on Thursday when they ended their series against Minnesota in Game 6.  The Blues are looking for a better showing this year after being swept by the Avalanche in the first-round last year.

Colorado is a -235 favourite on the NHL odds to win Game 1, while the total is set at 6.5.

Blues vs. Avalanche NHL Playoffs Betting Odds

Colorado took two of three games during the regular season, including a 5-3 home win the last time these teams met on April 26.  Counting last year’s playoff series, the Avs have won seven of the last 10 head-to-heads.  The total has gone Over in six straight meetings.

St. Louis has won nine of their last 11 road games, including two of three in Minnesota during the first-round of the playoffs.  They’re 11-3 against the spread in their last 14 road games, but it’s worth noting that they have failed to cover in five of their last seven games against Colorado.  The total has gone Over in seven of the Blues’ last 10 games overall and five of their last six on the road.

The Avalanche finished the regular season with one of the best home records in the NHL and come into Tuesday with wins in nine of their last 11 games in Denver.  They’ve completely dominated St. Louis, winning six of the last seven head-to-heads.  This could be a high scoring contest as Colorado hit the Over in three of four first-round games.

The Avalanche enter Game 1 as heavy -400 favourites to win the series.  The Blues sit as +300 series underdogs.  The favoured exact series result is for Colorado to win in five games at +260.  The biggest long shot is a St. Louis sweep at +3305.

St. Louis Blues

A goaltending switch turned the tide for the Blues in the first-round of the playoffs.  Jordan Binnington replaced Ville Husso in Game 4 against Minnesota and won three straight games, allowing just five goals on 88 shots.  Binnington was the starter for all three regular season games against Colorado, going 1-2-0 with a 3.78 goals-against average and .897 save percentage.

David Perron, Ryan O’Reilly and Vladimir Tarasenko carried the offence in the first-round, scoring five goals each.  With the series and game both tied 2-2 heading into the third period of Game 5, Tarasenko scored a natural hat trick.  He has 57 points (40G, 17A) in 84 career playoff games.  St. Louis’ power play was hot against Minnesota.  The Blues scored eight power play goals, the most in the first-round.  They had at least one power play marker in all six games.

Colorado Avalanche

The Avs are looking to exorcise some demons against St. Louis following three straight second-round exits.  Defenceman Cale Makar led the team with 10 points (3G, 7A) in the first-round.  Nathan MacKinnon (5G, 1A) and Gabriel Landeskog (3G, 3A) were tied for second with six points.  MacKinnon has 75 points (33G, 42A) in 54 career playoff games.  His 1.39 points per game average leads all active NHL players and is third all-time, trailing only Wayne Gretzky (1.84) and Mario Lemieux (1.61).  The Avs have averaged 5.25 goals per game in this year’s playoffs, the best among the 16 qualified teams.  They finished the regular season fourth in the NHL with 3.76 goals per game.

Darcy Kuemper will return to the net for Game 1 on Tuesday.  Kuemper was 2-0 in the first-round, allowing four goals on 61 shots before leaving Game 3 with an eye injury.  Backup Pavel Francouz stepped in and finished the series with a .902 SV.  With Makar on the back-end, it’s easy to overlook Devon Toews, but he is a big part of this team.  Toews averaged 24:45 of ice time per game in the first-round, recording five points (3G, 2A).  His 15 shots was tied for fourth on the team and he features heavily on both the power play and penalty kill.

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