St. Louis Blues Vs. Colorado Avalanche (5/19/22) Betting Odds, Prediction, Line Combination, Starting Goalies

In Game One of the second round, Josh Manson scored 8:02 into overtime to give the home team, Colorado Avalanche a 3-2 win against the St. Louis Blues.  Valeri Nichushkin and Samuel Girard each added a goal in the Avalanche’s victory. 

St. Louis is +1300 to win the Western Conference in 2021-22 and +2500 to win the Stanley Cup this season; the Blues won their only Stanley Cup in franchise history in 2018-19.  The Avalanche had the best record in the Western Conference this season at 56-19-7 with 119 points.  Colorado is the favorite to win the 2021-22 Stanley Cup at +170; the Avalanche have won two championships since moving from Quebec to Colorado in 1995.  

St. Louis Blues Vs. Colorado Avalanche Betting Odds

St. Louis is +500 to upset the number one seeded Colorado Avalanche in the second round.  The Blues are 3-8 in their last 11 playoff games as an underdog.  Under is 3-0-1 in St. Louis’ last four Conference Semifinals games.  Over is 6-2 in the Blues last eight playoff games as an underdog. The home team is 15-7 in the last 22 meetings between St. Louis and Colorado.  The Avalanche is -750 to advance the to advance to their first conference finals since 2001-02.  Colorado is 22-8 in their last 30 playoff games as a favorite.  The Avalanche are 7-17 in their last 24 Conference Semifinals games.  Over is 6-2 in Colorado’s last eight Conference Semifinals games.

St. Louis Blues Analysis

In Game One of round two, Ryan O’Reilly scored for the fifth straight game for St. Louis.  His goal streak ties the longest in the postseason in Blues history.  O’Reilly tied David Perron and the late Pavol Demitra for tenth place in St. Louis history with his 18-playoff goal.  He leads the club with nine postseason points this year.  O’Reilly the 2018-19 Conn Smythe Trophy winner is +7500 to win the 2021-22 Conn Smythe Trophy.  David Perron is tied with Ryan O’Reilly this season to lead the Blues in postseason points with nine.  Perron has scored five playoff goals in 2021-22; he netted 27 goals In the regular season.  Vladimir Tarasenko led the Blues in scoring this season with 82 points (34 goals and 48 assists) in 75 games.  The dangerous winger was a +9 with 22 points on the power play and scored a team leading nine game winning goals in 2021-22.  Through seven postseason games this year, he has scored five goals; he has 40 career playoff goals.  Center Jordan Kyrou was impressive this season scoring 75 points in 74 games.  The 23-year-old center had four game winning goals and 19 points on the power play.  Kyrou scored the goal that sent Game One against Colorado into overtime on Tuesday night.

Justin Faulk was the leading scorer for all Blues defensemen with 47 points (16 goals and 31 assists) in the regular season.  Additionally, he led St. Louis in plus/minus at +41 while averaging 23:12 of ice time per game.  He blocked 101 shots and delivered 149 hits during the regular season.  He has five assists through seven postseason games while averaging 26:17 of ice time in 2021-22.
2018-19 Stanley Cup champion, Jordan Binnington played excellent in Game One against Colorado making 51 saves in the overtime loss.  He has started four games during the 2021-22 postseason registering a .944 save percentage; second in the league and a 1.94 GAA; fourth in the NHL.

Colorado Avalanche Analysis

After missing the last five periods of the first round due to an eye injury, goalie Darcy Kuemper returned for Game One of the second round against St. Louis making 23 saves in the win.  In four postseason games in 2021-22, he has a save percentage of .930 with a 1.67 GAA: second in the NHL.  The Avalanche goalie is +2000 to win the Conn Smythe Trophy.

Defenseman Cale Makar leads the team in playoff scoring with 10 points (three goals and seven assists).  Additionally, he’s a +4 while averaging 26:11 of ice time in the postseason.  He’s the favorite to win the Conn Smythe Trophy at +500.  Devon Toews is a +5 while averaging 24:53 of ice time per game in the playoffs.  Additionally, he has five points (three goals and two assists) in the postseason. 

Nathan MacKinnon who’s the co-favorite to win the Conn Smythe Trophy at +500, tallied five goals in the opening round series victory over Nashville.  Overall, in five playoff games this season he has seven points.  MacKinnon is also a +3 in the postseason while averaging 20:38 of ice time per contest.  Gabriel Landeskog returned from knee surgery in round one vs. Nashville and is the second leading scorer in the playoffs for the Avalanche with eight points (three goals and five assists).  In Game One vs. St. Louis, he assisted on two of Colorado’s five goals.  The Avalanche captain is currently +2000 to win the Conn Smythe Trophy.  Mikko Rantanen led the Avalanche in scoring this season with 92 points (36 goals and 56 assists) while being an impressive +35.  He had a team leading 16 power play goals and scored two game winning goals.  Through five playoff games in 2021-22, he has six assists.  Rantanen is +2000 to win the Conn Smythe Award. 

St. Louis Blues Vs. Colorado Avalanche Picks & Prediction

During the regular season, St. Louis scored 3.8 goals per game, ranking them third in the NHL.  Through seven playoff games, the Blues have scored 24 goals.  St. Louis is 6-2 in their last eight games as an underdog.  Over is 33-15-3 in the Blues last 51 games as an underdog.  Colorado has defeated St. Louis in eight consecutive playoff games, including a four-game sweep last season.  Under is 4-1 in the Avalanche’s last five playoff games as a favorite.  Colorado is 14-6 in their last 20 Thursday games.  Over is 16-7 in the Avalanche’s last 23 playoff games as a favorite.

I’m going with the home team, Colorado Avalanche to win this game 5-2; giving themselves two games to none lead over the underdog St. Louis Blues.  Colorado will cover the 1.5 goal spread, while the clubs will combine for over 6.5 goals.

St. Louis Blues Vs. Colorado Avalanche Starting Goalies & Line Combination

Scott is graduate of Hofstra University and has worked in the sports media for over 20 years as a Producer and Writer. His dream is to see the New York Jets one day hoist the Vince Lombardi Trophy. He lives outside of Chicago with his wife and two children.

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