The NHL is set up with another great Saturday of action. Eleven games are up on the board throughout April 24. One of these matchups will be between the Colorado Avalanche and the St. Louis Blues. These two teams have been solid throughout this season and will look for a big win in this one. This game will drop the puck at around 3:00 PM Eastern time on NBC.
Colorado has earned a record of 31-9-4 throughout this season, which has them sitting in second place of the West Division. The Avalanche are two points back on the Vegas Golden Knights with two games in hand. Colorado has won five games in a row and ten of their last eleven games. The Avalanche will look to keep it going in this one.
The Blues have put up a record of 19-19-6 to this point in the season, which has them in fifth place of the West Division. St. Louis is one point behind the Coyotes for the fourth seed, but have three games in hand. The Blues have lost three games in a row and ten of their last thirteen. St. Louis needs to step up as this season nears its end if they want to make the postseason.
These two teams are fighting for playoff spots, which should lead to an exciting game on Saturday afternoon. The Avalanche have already clinched their berth in this season’s playoffs, but are eyeing the top seed in the West. St. Louis has been plagued with struggles this season and will look to find a way to get back on track in this one as they chase down the fourth seed.
The Avalanche and the Blues have met up six times throughout this season. Colorado hosted the first two games of the season series on January 13 and 15. Oskar Sundqvist scored twice in the first game as St. Louis won 4-1. Nathan MacKinnon had a goal and two assists, while Cale Makar had three assists. Gabriel Landeskog had two goals to lift Colorado to an 8-0 win in the second game.
The third and fourth game of the season series stayed in Colorado on April 2 and 3. Nathan MacKinnon had two goals in the third game, while Gabriel Landeskog had two assists. The Avalanche won 3-2 on the night. Cale Makar scored a late game winner in the fourth game as Colorado earned a 2-1 win at home to go up 3-1 in the season series.
St. Louis hosted the fifth game of the season series on April 14. Mike Hoffman scored two goals and an assist as the Blues came up short. Mikko Rantanen and J.T. Compher each had a goal and an assist on the night. Liam O’Brien had two assists, while Devan Dubnyk stopped 31 of 34 shots to help lead the Avalanche to the win.
The sixth and most recent game of the season series stayed in St. Louis on April 22. Jaden Schwartz scored twice for the Blues, but once again it was not enough. Nathan MacKinnon had three assists on the night, while Andre Burakovsky had two goals. Devan Dubnyk stopped 25 of 27 shots to lead Colorado to a 4-2 win.
Colorado’s special teams have been great throughout this season. The Avalanche have capitalized on 39 of their 166 power play opportunities, which is a 23.5 percent power play. Colorado has killed off 119 of their opponents 144 power play chances, which is an 82.6 percent kill rate. The Avalanche will look to keep this up in this one.
The Blues have been solid on the power play so far this season. St. Louis has scored on 26 of their 129 power play attempts, which is a 20.2 percent success rate. The Blues have struggled on the penalty kill though this season. St. Louis has given up 34 power play goals on 141 penalties against, which is a 75.9 percent penalty kill.
The Avalanche have a nice edge on special teams in this matchup. Colorado has had the better power play and penalty kill throughout this season. St. Louis will need to step up on both sides of special teams if they want to pull off the upset in this one. The Blues will look to capitalize on the man advantage in this one to keep up with this Avalanche team.
Devan Dubnyk will likely get the start in the crease for the Avalanche in this one. Dubnyk has gone 2-0 with Colorado, but has gone 5-9-2 overall this season. He has posted a .901 save percentage and a GAA of 3.10 in his total games played this season. Dubnyk has put up a save percentage of .918 and a 2.51 GAA with the Avalanche.
I expect Jordan Binnington to get the nod between the pipes for St. Louis on Saturday afternoon. Binnington has earned a record of 12-14-5 throughout this season. He has put up a save percentage of .908 and a 2.72 GAA. Binnington’s last start was against the Avalanche where he stopped 25 of 28 shots in the losing effort.
These two goalies have been up and down throughout this season. Binnington has been a bit better throughout this season, but Dubnyk has stepped up since joining Colorado. The Avalanche will look to continue their success with Dubnyk in this one. St. Louis will try to test the goalie early as they try to gain an early lead.
The Avalanche have been really strong throughout this season, but St. Louis will look to earn a big win in this one. The Blues are trying to catch the Coyotes for the fourth seed and need to get going soon. I think St. Louis will step up in this one to earn a big win. I like the Blues at home to end Colorado’s winning streak.
BetOnline has the Avalanche listed as a -155 against the money line in this one. This implies Colorado will win this game around 60.8 percent of the time. The Avalanche have been much better this season, which makes this line make sense. I think that St. Louis will come out strong at home in this one. I like the value on the Blues on Saturday afternoon.