St. Louis Blues vs Colorado Avalanche NHL Pick – Game 2

The NHL is set up with another strong slate of playoff hockey on Thursday night. Two games are up on the board throughout May 19. One of these games will be between the St. Louis Blues and the Colorado Avalanche. These two teams have been strong throughout this season and will look for a big win in this one. This game will drop the puck at around 9:30 PM Eastern time on TNT.

St. Louis has earned a record of 4-3 throughout this postseason run as the third seed in the Pacific division. The Blues knocked off the Minnesota Wild in six games in the first round. St. Louis dropped the first game of this series, but will look to bounce back in this one. The Blues will look to come out quicker on Thursday night.

The Avalanche put up a record of 5-0 so far these playoffs as the top seed in the Pacific division. Colorado has been dominant sweeping the Nashville Predators in the first round and knocking off the Blues in Game 1. The Avalanche will look to keep their momentum going early in this one. Colorado will look to remain perfect on Thursday night.

These two teams have been solid throughout this season and will look for a big win on Thursday night. The Blues have been solid throughout this postseason and will look for a quick start as they try to tie this series up. Colorado will look to jump out to the 2-0 lead before going on the road. If either team can come out fast, it could be enough for the win.

Game Overview

The following odds are courtesy of Bovada:

Teams Spread Money Line Total
St. Louis Blues +1 ½ (-120) +200 Over 6 ½ (-125)
Colorado Avalanche -1 ½ (+100) -240 Under 6 ½ (+105)
Team Data St. Louis Blues Colorado Avalanche
Playoff Record 4-3 5-0
Playoff Away/ Home Record 2-1 3-0
Playoff GF/GP 3.43 4.80
Playoff GF/GP Away/ Home 3.25 4.00
Playoff SV% .921 .920
Playoff SV% Away/ Home .927 .934

Betting Trends

St. Louis Blues

  • 21-12 against divisional opponents
  • 18-14 after a divisional game
  • 1-0 when trailing in a series
  • 16-10 revenging loss to an opponent
  • 27-19 against team with a winning record

Colorado Avalanche

  • 20-11 against divisional opponents
  • 22-8 after a divisional game
  • 3-0 when leading in Playoff series
  • 24-7 after three or more straight wins
  • 30-15 against team with a winning record

These two teams met up in Game 1 on May 17. Ryan O’Reilly and Jordan Kyrou both scored for the Blues, while Jordan Binnington stopped 51 of 54 shots. It was not enough for the win though. Josh Manson scored the game winner in overtime and added an assist. Darcy Kuemper stopped 23 of 25 shots as Colorado won 3-2.

Special Teams

The Blues have been strong on special teams in the playoffs. St. Louis has capitalized on 9 of their 27 power play chances, which is a 33.3 percent power play. The Blues have killed off 23 of their opponents 27 power play attempts, which is an 85.2 percent kill rate. St. Louis 3rd on the power play and 4th on the kill in the remaining field of 8.

Colorado has been dominant on the power play in the postseason. The Avalanche have scored on 7 of their 19 power play opportunities, which is a 36.8 percent success rate. Colorado has given up 4 power play goals on 14 penalties against, which is a 71.4 percent penalty kill. The Avalanche are 1st on the man advantage and 7th on the penalty kill.

These two teams have been solid on special teams in the playoffs and will look for a big win in this one. St. Louis has been strong on special teams throughout these playoffs and will look to shut down the Avalanche’s power play. Colorado will look for their own penalty kill to step up. If either team can get a power play goal, it could be enough to give them the win.

Goaltending Comparison

Jordan Binnington will get the start between the pipes for St. Louis in this one. Binnington has earned a 3-1 record since stepping in for Ville Husso in Game 4 of the first round. He has posted a .944 save percentage and a GAA of 1.94 in those games. Binnington finished with 51 saves on 54 shots in the overtime loss in Game 1.

Darcy Kuemper will get the nod in the crease for the Avalanche on Thursday night. Kuemper has started in 4 games in the playoffs, going 3-0, but missed the end of the first round. He has put up a save percentage of .930 and a 1.67 GAA in those outings. Kuemper stopped 23 of 25 shots in Game 1 to lead Colorado to the 3-2 win.

These two goalies have been strong throughout the postseason. Binnington has been a bit better since stepping in halfway through the first round. Kuemper had an injury to end the first round, but came out fast in Game 1 of this series. If either goalie can step up early in this one, it could be enough for the win on Thursday night.

Pick Overview

These two teams met up in a tight Game 1 of this series and will look for a big win in Game 2. St. Louis is now 0-5 in their last five playoff games against Colorado after getting swept last season. The Blues will look to turn that around by tying up this series. St. Louis will look to switch things up in this one as they try to generate more offense in this one.

Bovada has Colorado listed at -1 ½ for +100 against the spread in this series. This gives a big edge to the Avalanche to both win the game and put up a dominant performance. I think that the Blues will keep this game close again as they try to tie the series up. I expect this to be another close matchup. As slight favorites against the spread, I like the value on St. Louis to keep this one close.

The Bet
St. Louis Blues +1.5
-120
Andruw Burling / Author

Andruw Burling has been writing sports picks since 2017, covering mainly NHL and NBA content, but doing work in other sports as well. Andruw grew up in Las Vegas and has been around sports since a young age. He grew up a huge NHL and NBA fan and continues to use that knowledge in his content today.

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