08 Feb

Colorado Avalanche vs St. Louis Blues 02-08-2018 Prediction & Preview

Colorado Avalanche vs St. Louis Blues 02-08-2018 Prediction & Preview

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The Colorado Avalanche (29-23) take on the St. Louis Blues (3-23) at 9:00 PM on Thursday, February 8, 2018 in Scottrade Center – St. Louis, MO. St. Louis is the favorite in this matchup, laying -177 to win 100 here at home. The Total has been posted at Over/Under 5.5. On the money line, Colorado is 157 while St. Louis is -177. Giving the St. Louis Blues an implied win percentage of 63.9%

The Colorado Avalanche continue to battle for a wild-card spot in the Western Conference, but injuries to key players are starting to mount as they visit the St. Louis Blues on Thursday. Mikko Rantanen missed Tuesday’s 3-1 victory over San Jose – Colorado’s only home game between Jan. 20 and Feb. 14 – with a lower-body injury, leaving the Avalanche without their top two point-getters as he joined Nathan MacKinnon (upper-body) in the trainer’s room.

The Avalanche look to continue their impressive season as they head into St. Louis to face off against the Blues who have hit a bit of a speed bump in their season and were absolutely waxed on home ice against the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday night. The Avs have gone on a 12-4 stretch in their last 16 games and have been taking down some of the league’s best teams as they are 10-2 in their last 12 against a team with a winning record, and with Jonathan Bernier confirmed in the Colorado crease tonight and Jake Allen expected to get the call for the Blues I think the goaltending edge stays with the visitors. The Avs have had a miserable stretch against the Blues though as they are 2-12 in their last 14 meetings in St. Louis and 1-8 in their last nine meetings overall which doesn’t bode well for them here.

The Colorado Avalanche have been a far better team than they were a year ago. They already have 29 wins on the year after posting just 22 all of last year and they are now just one point out of the 8th playoff spot in the Western Conference after taking down the San Jose Sharks at home by a score of 3-1 on Tuesday night. The Avs recently had a 10 game win streak, but then lost their next three, before winning two of their last three. This is a solid team right now, but they will be taking on a tough customer in the Blues in this one. Scoring in the win over the Sharks was Gabriel Bourque, which was his 3rd of the year, Tyson Jost, which was his 4th and J.T. Compher, which was his 11th. Colorado has gone 10-15 on the road for the year and they have averaged 2.72 gpg and have allowed 3.28 gpg in those games.

Colorado has been solid on offense so far as they come in ranked 6th in the league in scoring at 3.19 gpg, while also ranking 29th in shots taken (29.7 spg) and 16th in power play conversions, converting on 20.4% of their chances. At the defensive end of the ice, have been a bit below average so far as they come in ranked 17th in goals allowed, giving up 2.87 gpg, while also ranking 23rd in shots allowed (32.6 spg) and 3rd in penalty kill, allowing teams to convert on 16.3% of their chances.

Colorado is 29-23 straight up (SU) and has earned moneyline bettors 10.9 units this year. Through 52 regular season outings, 28 of its games have gone over the total, while 22 have gone under and just two have pushed. As the visiting team, the Avalanche are 10-15 SU so far.

The Avalanche have converted on 20.4 percent of their power play opportunities this year, a mark that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked third overall and it’s successfully killed off 83.6 percent of all opponent power plays.

Colorado’s players have been penalized 4.1 times per game in total this season, and 3.0 per game over their past five match ups. The team’s been forced to kill penalties just 6.4 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.

The St. Louis Blues (32-20-3) were dealt their second defeat in the past three outings (1-2-0) after the Minnesota Wild clobbered them with a 6-2 score at Scottrade Center on Tuesday. Despite outshooting the visitors 37-20 and winning 62% of all the face-offs, the Blues failed to score in any of their three power-play opportunities, went just 1-for-3 on penalty kill and allowed three snipes in the opening frame, two in the second and one more in the third, netting the first and the last markers of the contest themselves. Jaden Schwartz (16 goals, 37 points this year) and Dmitrij Jaskin (5 goals, 13 points) lit the lamp, while Colton Parayko (5 goals, 28 points) stood out with two assists.

St Louis Blues are having a solid season so far as they are in 3rd place in the Central Division and just six points out of first. They have gone 6-3 over their last nine games, but they do come in off a bad 6-2 home loss to the Minnesota Wild. The offense has been a bit of a problem for the Blues of late as they have averaged just 2.14 gpg over their last seven games, but against the Wild it was the other end of the ice that really did them in as they allowed six goals, after allowing a total of five goals over their previous five games. I’ll get to the goalies in a moment. Scoring in the loss was Jaden Schwartz, which was his 16th of the year and Dmitrij Jaskin, which was his 5th of the year. The Blues have gone 18-11 here at home for the year and they have averaged 2.86 gpg and have allowed 2.48 gpg in those games.

The Blues come into this contest ranked 23th in the league in scoring at 2.76 gpg, while also ranking 8th in shots taken (33.5 spg) and 28th in power play conversions, converting on 16.0% of their chances. At the defensive end of the ice, they have been very good as they come in ranked 4th in goals allowed, giving up 2.55 gpg, while also ranking 7th in shots allowed (30.6 spg) and 14th in penalty kill, allowing teams to convert on 18.9% of their chances.

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