The St. Louis Blues (3-3-1, 7 points) head to Denver to take on the Colorado Avalanche (6-2-0, 12 points), who can’t find the back of the net after being shut out 4-0 twice by Pittsburgh and Buffalo. The listed goaltenders are Jordan Binnington (2-2-1, 2.33 GAA) for the Blues and Alexander Georgiev (6-2-0, 2.40 GAA) for Colorado. As expected, the Avalanche opened as a massive favorite (-238 consensus) with a total of 6.5 (under -115). The puck drops at 9:30 p.m. ET / 6:30 p.m. ET and can be seen on ALT2 and MAX. This is one of our top NHL bets today, so let’s start our NHL Blues vs Avalanche game preview with a peek at both teams from a betting perspective.
Location: Ball Arena, Denver, Colorado
Streaming: ALT2, MAX
St. Louis Making Bettors Blue
It’s not that the the St. Louis Blues aren’t winning some hockey games, but there are guys who bet on NHL streaks and St. Louis refuses to go one, whether winning or losing. The Blues haven’t had back-to-back results since October 12th, making it difficult for anyone considering St. Louis as a betting option.
The good news is, a win that would keep that streak alive against Colorado would pay +195. St.Louis can’t get on a win streak because of their lack of scoring. Over their last 10 games, the Blues have scored four goals once and average just 1.9 per game.
Perhaps the perfect opponent for the struggling Avalanche. Over the last two NHL seasons, bettors have dropped 5.36 units supporting the St. Louis. Head Coach Craig Berube has gone as far as to single out hockey players like Jakub Vrana was a healthy scratch. We’ll see what effect that will have, on Tuesday.
We continue our NHL Blues vs Avalanche game preview by turning our spotlight to Colorado, a team we can’t bet on the NHL (spread) puckline as freely as we used to.
Power Outage In Denver
By all reports, we can expect some changes to Jared Bednar’s team after losing back-to-back 4-0 games. We’ll know more after the morning skate, on Tuesday, but with Riley Tufte and defensemen Caleb Jones being called up from the Colorado Eagles, it’s likely there will be some line shifts due to there being no significant NHL injuries.
There may be some questions as to the status of Cale Makar, who left their last game for a brief moment but did return. Jines has 217 games of NHL experience. Despite the lack of offense, Colorado is still sixth in the league in scoring and fifth in shots per game.
Their power play ranks third with a 93.8 success rate. With 33.1 shots per game allowed, the St. Louis Blues should have their hands full against a team that will make Binnington work for another shutout. NHL scores now are supposed to be higher, but these two teams may defy those recent trends. We conclude our NHL Blues vs Avalanche game preview with our official selection.
It’s Tough But We Anticipate Offense
This smells like a trap. Not only did the number come out at 6.5, which seems high for two teams that can’t score, but the juice is shaded to the under. The numbers haven’t come out to indicate betting patterns, but we guarantee the public will be on the under.
We’re not going to fall into that trap because the Avalanche are an explosive team, while the Blues should have received Berube’s message loud and clear. Expect a high-paced game by two NHL teams with massive chips on their shoulders. Bet the under 6.5 (-115). That concludes our NHL Blues vs Avalanche game preview, we wish you all the best with your wagers this week.