Colorado Avalanche vs. St. Louis Blues - 1/2/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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St. Louis Blues (26-9-6) at Colorado Avalanche (23-13-4)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, January 2, 2020 at 9:30 pm (Pepsi Center)
The Line: Colorado Avalanche -140 / St. Louis Blues +127 --- Over/Under: 6 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The St. Louis Blues and Colorado Avalanche meet Thursday in NHL action at the Pepsi Center.
The St. Louis Blues look to stay hot after winning eight of their last nine games. The St. Louis Blues are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 24.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Brayden Schenn leads St. Louis with 17 goals, Ryan O'Reilly has 26 assists and Alex Pietrangelo has 130 shots on goal. Defensively, the St. Louis Blues are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 84.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Jordan Binnington has allowed 68 goals on 856 shots and Jake Allen has allowed 28 goals on 402 shots. The St. Louis Blues have allowed three or less goals in 10 of their last 13 games.
The Colorado Avalanche need a win after losing five of their last six games. The Colorado Avalanche are averaging 3.6 goals per game and are scoring on 18.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Nathan MacKinnon leads Colorado with 24 goals, Cale Makar has 21 assists and Gabriel Landeskog has 63 shots on goal. Defensively, the Colorado Avalanche are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 79.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Philipp Grubauer has allowed 63 goals on 705 shots and Pavel Francouz has allowed 37 goals on 505 shots. The Colorado Avalanche have allowed 16 goals in their last three games.
The Blues are 20-6 in their last 26 games as an underdog, 11-5 in their last 16 road games and 8-1 in their last 9 overall. The Avalanche are 4-1 in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest, 0-4 in their last 4 games as a favorite and 1-5 in their last 6 overall. The under is 4-0 in Blues last 4 games playing on 1 days rest. The over is 4-1 in Avalanche last 5 overall. The Blues are 6-2 in the last 8 meetings in Colorado and 23-8 in the last 31 meetings. The home team is 39-19 in the last 58 meetings. The favorite is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings. The under is 19-9-1 in the last 29 meetings.
We're getting the red hot St. Louis Blues, a team that's won eight of their last nine tries, at plus money. The Blues have also won each of the last six meetings against the Colorado Avalanche and have won nearly 77 percent of their last 26 games as an underdog. The Colorado Avalanche are going to break out of this funk eventually and the defense should improve, but based on current form and the trends, the Blues and plus money feels like a steal.