Blues vs. Avalanche Prediction, Stanley Cup Round-Robin Odds

Isaac Eliape | Fri. Jul 31 2020, 09:07 am

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It’s the best in the west on Sunday as the playoff seeding round robin sees No. 1 St. Louis Blues go head-to-head with No. 2 Colorado Avalanche.

St. Louis
42-19-7-3
AT
August 02, 2020, 6:30 PM ET
Rogers Place
Colorado
42-20-7-1
Puckline +1.5 -265
Moneyline +110
Over / Under o +5.5

36%

Betting Action

64%

Puckline -1.5 +225
Moneyline -130
Over / Under u +5.5

36%

Betting Action

64%

Puck-drop is set for 6:30 p.m. ET from Rogers Place in Edmonton.  Both teams are in a dead heat at -110 on the NHL Odds, with the over-under set at 5.5 goals.

Blues vs. Avalanche NHL Playoff Odds

This will be the first real game for both teams since the season pause in March. It promises to be a high-intensity game as these were the top two teams in the Western Conference at the break.

The teams split their season series with each team picking up two homes wins. The Blues outscored the Avalanche 8-3 in the first two matchups of the season, while the Avalanche chased Jordan Binnington from the net with 12 goals in the last two matchups.

The favourite is 35-16 in their last 51 meeting. The Blues are 7-0 in their last seven games against Western Conference opponents and the under is 7-0 in the Avalanche’s last seven games as a favourite of -110 to -150.

St. Louis Blues

The season delay has also given a big boost to the defending Stanley Cup champions, as Vladimir Tarasenko will play for the first time since suffering a shoulder injury in October. He led the team with 33 goals last season and was able to put up 10-points in 10 games this year.

Another key player is starting goaltender Jordan Binnington. His 30 wins put him third in the league and he finished the season with a 2.56 GAA and .912 SV. The concern is that he allowed 12 goals in his last two games against the Avs and was pulled in both starts.

The Blues rely on a consistent, badgering, forecheck attack with balanced scoring by committee. David Perron (60 points) and Brayden Schenn (58 points) led St. Louis with 25-goals each and Ryan O’Reilly led with 61 points (12 G, 49 A).

The defending champs are healthier and look stronger than last season. For now, they are the team to beat in the west.

Colorado Avalanche

Colorado only trailed the Blues by two points with one game in hand at the break, so this game picks up where the season left off, a Blues-Avalanche sprint to first in the Central Division. The Avalanche’s 3.4 goals per game during the season put them in a tie with Washington and Toronto for second best in the league, trailing Tampa at 3.5.

The big bonus for Colorado is the recovery of several key players. The Avs were decimated this year, losing 223 man games to injury, including star Mikko Rantanen (28), Calder finalist Cale Makar (13), captain Gabriel Landeskog (16), starting goaltender Philipp Grubauer (20) and leading scorer Nathan Mackinnon who was hurt just before the season pause, but is fully healthy now.

A healthy Colorado roster is an offensive threat every shift. If they can get consistency from Philipp Grubauer in net, they are poised to make a deep run in the playoffs.

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