The NHL has another solid night of playoff hockey on May 21. The Colorado Avalanche and St. Louis Blues will meet up in Game 3 on Saturday night. These two teams have met in an exciting series so far and will look to take the series lead with a win in this one. This game will drop the puck at around 8:00 PM Eastern time on TNT.
Colorado has earned a record of 5-1 throughout the postseason as the top spot in the Central division. The Avalanche swept the Nashville Predators in the first round. Colorado is coming off their first loss of the postseason and will look to bounce back on the road. I expect the Avalanche to come out faster as they head to St. Louis.
The Blues have put up a record of 5-3 so far in the playoffs after earning the third seed in the Central division. St. Louis knocked off the Minnesota Wild in six games during the first round. The Blues were able to pull off a big upset in Game 2. St. Louis will look to carry that momentum back home as they try to take the series lead.
These two teams have been strong throughout this season and will look for a big win in this one. The Avalanche have been solid throughout this postseason and will look for a big win on Saturday. St. Louis will look to take the series lead with a huge win in this one. If either team can come out fast in this one, it could be enough for the win.
The following odds are courtesy of Bovada:
|Colorado Avalanche||-1 ½ (+150)||-165||Under 6 ½ (-115)|
|St. Louis Blues||+1 ½ (-175)||+140||Under 6 ½ (-105)|
|Team Data||Colorado Avalanche||St. Louis Blues|
|Playoff Away/ Home Record||2-0||2-1|
|Playoff GF/GP Away/ Home||6.00||3.67|
|Playoff SV% Away/ Home||.902||.910|
- 13-4 on Saturday’s
- 20-12 against divisional opponents
- 22-9 after a divisional game
- 17-8 after allowing four or more goals
- 12-4 after a loss by two goals or more
St. Louis Blues
- 13-8 on Saturday’s
- 22-12 against divisional opponents
- 19-14 after a divisional game
- 1-1 when tied in a series
- 26-17 after a win by two or more goals
- 33-18 after scoring four goals or more
These two teams have met up twice already in this series. Game 1 was on May 17 in Colorado. Josh Manson had the game winner and an assist as the Avalanche earned a 3-2 win. The second game was on May 19. David Perron had two goals, while Pavel Buchnevich had two assists. St. Louis bounced back with a 4-1 win on the road.
“It’s St. Louis were trying to beat and not round two, and they’re a good team.”
— Colorado Avalanche (@Avalanche) May 21, 2022
The Avalanche have been strong on the power play throughout the playoffs. Colorado has scored on 8 of their 21 power play opportunities, which is a 38.1 percent success rate. The Avalanche have given up 5 power play goals on 16 penalties against, which is a 68.8 percent penalty kill. Colorado is 1st on the power play and 7th on the kill in the remaining field of 8.
St. Louis has been solid on both sides of special teams in the postseason. The Blues have capitalized on 10 of their 29 power play chances, which is a 34.5 percent power play. St. Louis has killed off 24 of their opponents 29 power play attempts, which is an 82.8 percent kill rate. The Blues are 2nd on the man advantage and 4th on the penalty kill.
These two teams have been solid on the power play and will look to get it going in this one. Colorado has struggled a bit on the penalty kill though and will look to turn it around. The Blues will look for their kill to continue to be strong in this one. If either team can get a power play goal in this one, it could be enough for the win on Saturday.
Darcy Kuemper will likely get the start in the crease for Colorado in this one. Kuemper has started in 5 games this postseason, going 3-1-0 in those matchups. He has posted a .923 save percentage and a GAA of 1.98 in those games. Kuemper stopped 28 of 31 shots in Game 2, which was not enough to earn the win at home.
Jordan Binnington will get the nod between the pipes for the Blues on Saturday night. Binnington has earned a record of 4-1-0 in his five playoff starts. He has put up a save percentage of .948 and a 1.75 GAA in those outings. Binnington finished with 30 saves on 31 shots in his last start in Game 3, which was enough for the win.
These two goalies have been solid throughout the playoffs and will look for a big win in Game 3. Binnington has been great since stepping in for Ville Husso in Game 4 of the first round. Kuemper dealt with an injury in Round 1, but has been strong in the second round. If either goalie can come out quickly in this one, it could be enough for the win.
These two teams have been strong throughout this series and will look for a big win as the series shifts back to St. Louis. The Avalanche dropped their first game of the postseason on Thursday night. Colorado has been great in the postseason and I think they will bounce back in this one. If the Avalanche can come out quickly on the road, I think they can win this one.
Bovada has Colorado listed as a -170 against the money line in this one. This implies that the Avalanche will win this game around 63 percent of the time. I think that this line is accurate, but there is little value in it. Colorado is also listed at -110 against the three-way money line. The Avalanche won their first game of this series in overtime. I think Colorado can take this one in regulation.