St. Louis Blues vs. Colorado Avalanche Game 2 Prediction, NHL Odds

Jordan Ramsay | Updated May 18, 2022

The Colorado Avalanche remain undefeated in the playoffs as they prepare to host the St. Louis Blues for Game 2 of their second-round series.

St. Louis
49-22-8-3
AT
May 19, 2022, 9:30 PM ET
Pepsi Center
Colorado
56-19-5-2
Puckline +1.5 -117
Moneyline +205
Over / Under o +6.5

28%

Betting Action

72%

Puckline -1.5 -103
Moneyline -247
Over / Under u +6.5

28%

Betting Action

72%

The Colorado Avalanche drew first blood with a 3-2 Game 1 overtime win on Tuesday in their second-round series against the St. Louis Blues.  The teams will run it back for Game 2 on Thursday as St. Louis looks to level the series.

Colorado is a -240 favourite to win on the NHL odds, with a total of 6.5.

Blues vs. Avalanche NHL Betting Odds

Tuesday’s game was the Avalanche’s eighth straight playoff win over the Blues, dating back to Game 4 of the 2001 conference finals.  Counting the regular season and playoffs, Colorado has won seven of the last eight total meetings between the teams.  Game 1 also snapped a six-game Over streak in this all-time head-to-head.

St. Louis has struggled heavily on the road against Colorado, dropping seven of their last eight games in Denver.  This is generally a team that trends towards high scoring games, with the total going Over in 13 of their last 17 road games and 10 of their last 15 against Central Division opponents.  The Blues have fallen from +300 series underdogs heading into Game 1 to +542 dogs entering Game 2.

Colorado improved to 10-2 straight up in their last 12 home dates, with their playoff win streak currently sitting at five games.  This is also a team that leans towards high scoring contests as three of their four first-round games hit the Over.  The Avs are now -833 favourites to win the series after opening as -400 favourites heading into Game 1.

The favoured exact series result remains Colorado winning in five games at +211.  The biggest long shot is the Blues winning in five games at +1709.

St. Louis Blues

St. Louis looked like the better team in the first period of Game 1, with former Avalanche centre Ryan O’Reilly scoring to put the Blues ahead 1-0 after 20 minutes.  It was O’Reilly’s fifth straight playoff game with a goal, matching the longest playoff goal streak in franchise history.  O’Reilly (6G, 3A) and David Perron (5G, 4A) are tied for the team lead with nine playoff points each.  After St. Louis gave up the next two goals, Jordan Kyrou tied things late in the third period to send the game to overtime, but the Blues didn’t manage to record a shot in the extra period.

Jordan Binnington stood on his head in Game 1 to give St. Louis a chance to win.  Binnington stopped 51 of 54 shots faced, becoming the fourth different goaltender in franchise history to make at least 50 saves in a playoff game.  One positive to take away from the game outside of Binnington’s performance is the Blues’ lethal power play.  Kyrou’s third period goal came on the man advantage, giving St. Louis nine power play goals on 27 chances (33.3 per cent) during these playoffs.

Colorado Avalanche

Colorado certainly looked like a team that had a weeklong layoff between games in the first period of Game 1.  After shaking off the rust, however, the Avalanche came alive and peppered the Blues with pucks.  Colorado outshot St. Louis 54-25, including 13-0 in overtime, and also hit three posts and two crossbars.  Valeri Nichushkin and Samuel Girard scored in regulation, while Josh Manson ended the game in overtime.  Nathan MacKinnon recorded an assist on the Nichushkin goal, extending his point streak to five games (5G, 2A).

Darcy Kuemper made 23 saves on Tuesday in his return from a scary looking eye injury.  Kuemper suffered the eye mishap in Game 3 of the first-round when a stick blade slipped through his mask.  He missed Game 4 because of swelling around the eye, but reportedly avoided any serious issues.

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