St. Louis Blues vs Colorado Avalanche NHL Pick – Game 5

The NHL is set up with another exciting slate of playoff hockey on May 25. The St. Louis Blues and the Colorado Avalanche will meet up in Game 5 of their series on Wednesday night. 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 8:00 PM Eastern time on TNT.

St. Louis has earned a record of 5-5 throughout the postseason as the third seed in the Central division. The Blues knocked off the Minnesota Wild in six games in the first round. St. Louis has lost their last two games of this series and will look to bounce back on the road. The Blues will look to change things up with their backs up against the wall.

The Avalanche have put up a record of 7-1 so far in the playoffs as the top seed in the Central division. Colorado swept the Nashville Predators in their first round of the playoffs. The Avalanche have won their last two games and will look to move on with a win. Colorado will look to book a spot in the Conference Finals with a big win in this one.

These two teams have been strong throughout this season and will look for a big win in this one. The Blues have been solid throughout the season and will look to avoid this being their last game of the season. Colorado will look to reach the Conference Finals with a big win on Wednesday. If either team can come out fast in this one, 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) +210 Over 6 ½ (-110)
Colorado Avalanche -1 ½ (+100) -250 Under 6 ½ (-110)

 

Team Data St. Louis Blues Colorado Avalanche
Playoff Record 5-5 7-1
Playoff Away/ Home Record 3-2 3-1
Playoff GF/GP 3.30 4.50
Playoff GF/GP Away/ Home 3.40 3.25
Playoff SV% .907 .909
Playoff SV% Away/ Home .934 .917

Betting Trends

St. Louis Blues

  • 22-14 against divisional opponents
  • 19-16 after a division game
  • 2-1 when trailing in a series
  • 19-13 after allowing four goals or more
  • 10-8 after a loss by two or more goals
  • 28-21 against team with a winning record

Colorado Avalanche

  • 22-12 against divisional opponents
  • 24-9 after a division game
  • 4-1 when leading in a series
  • 29-13 after a win by two goals or more
  • 32-18 after scoring four or more goals
  • 32-16 against team with a winning record

These two teams have met in an exciting four game series so far. Josh Manson had a goal and an assist in Game 1 as the Avalanche earned a 3-2 win in overtime. David Perron had two goals in the second game as St. Louis won 4-1. Artturi Lehkonen had two goals in Game 3 as Colorado won 5-2. Nazem Kadri had three goals and an assist in the fourth game as the Avalanche earned a 6-3 win.

Special Teams

The Blues have been strong on special teams in the postseason. St. Louis has scored on 12 of their 34 power play chances, which is a 35.3 percent power play. The Blues have killed off 27 of their opponents 32 power play attempts, which is an 84.4 percent kill rate. St. Louis was 1st on the power play and 4th on the kill in the remaining field of 7.

Colorado has been strong on the power play in the playoffs. The Avalanche have capitalized on 8 of their 24 power play opportunities, which is a 33.3 percent success rate. Colorado has given up 7 power play goals on 21 penalties against, which is a 66.7 percent penalty kill. The Avalanche are 2nd on the man advantage and 7th on the penalty kill.

These two teams have been strong on the power play, but St. Louis has been much better on the penalty kill. The Blues will look to shut down the Avalanche’s power play in this one. St. Louis will also look to keep their power play hot. If either team can get a power play goal in this one, it could be enough for the win on Wednesday.

Goaltending Comparison

Ville Husso will get the nod between the pipes for St. Louis in this one. Husso has played in 5 games this postseason, going 1-4 in those matchups. He has posted a .884 save percentage and a GAA of 3.76 in those outings. Husso finished with 31 saves on 36 shots in Game 4’s loss and will look to bounce back in this meeting.

Darcy Kuemper will get the start in the crease for the Avalanche on Wednesday night. Kuemper has earned a record of 5-1 throughout his starts in the playoffs. He has put up a save percentage of .917 and a 2.14 GAA in those games. Kuemper stopped 17 of 20 shots in the last game of this series and will look to finish this series on Wednesday.

These two goalies have been solid and will look for a big win in this one. Husso has struggled a bit since being thrown into this series with the Jordan Binnington injury. Kuemper will look to continue to step up with a strong performance in this one. If either goalie can step up early in this one, it could be enough to lead their team to the win.

Pick Overview

These two teams have been strong throughout this series and will look for a big win in this one. St. Louis has their backs against the wall and will look for a quick start on the road. The Blues were eliminated by the Colorado Avalanche last season and will look to come back in this series. I think St. Louis will step up early though as they try to keep their season alive.

Bovada has Colorado listed as a -250 against the money line in this one. This implies that the Avalanche will win this game around 71.4 percent of the time. I think that this line is too big for a playoff game. I am not sure if St. Louis can earn the win, but I think they can keep it closer. The Blues are listed at +1 ½ for -120. I expect St. Louis to cover this spread as they fight to keep their season alive.

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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