St. Louis Blues at Colorado Avalanche - 4/26/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

St. Louis Blues at Colorado Avalanche - 4/26/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by James Carey Lauder-USA TODAY Sports

Colorado Avalanche (55-18-6) vs St. Louis Blues (49-20-11)

Game Info: Tuesday, April 26, 2022 at 9:30 pm (Ball Arena)

Betting Odds: Colorado Avalanche -165 / St. Louis Blues +145 --- Over/Under: 6 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Colorado Avalanche host the St. Louis Blues in Tuesday NHL Action.

The St. Louis Blues come into this road contest with an overall record of 49-20-11. Through 80 games, the Blues are 2nd in the Central Division. On the season, they have found the net 304 times, good for a rank of 3rd among NHL teams. Heading into the game, St. Louis is the 10th ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 2.84 goals per game. So far, the Blues have a strength of schedule rating of 31st in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 4th-ranked team in the NHL.

The Colorado Avalanche get set to host the St. Louis Blues with an overall record of 55-18-6. This mark places them 1st in the Central division. Through 79 games, the Avalanche have scored 302 goals, giving them an average of 3.77. This output gives them a rank of 4th among NHL teams.On defense, Colorado is the 6th ranked unit, giving up 2.8 goals per contest. So far, the Avalanche have played the 32nd toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account Colorado's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 3rd in the NHL.

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Through 73 games, the St. Louis Blues goal and overall scoring leader is Vladimir Tarasenko with 82 points. He has reached his mark of 34 goals, on a shooting percentage of 15.0%. So far, 15.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Robert Thomas, who has 57 assists to go along with his 20 goals. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +21.0. St. Louis's top goalie is Ville Husso, who is giving up an average of 2.47 goals per game. In his 39 games played, he has turned in 23 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

Through 73 games, the Colorado Avalanche's goal and overall scoring leader is Mikko Rantanen, with 91 points. He has reached his mark of 36 goals, on a shooting percentage of 14.5%. So far, 44.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Nathan MacKinnon, who has 55 assists to go along with his 32 goals. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +21. Colorado's top goalie is Darcy Kuemper, who is giving up an average of 2.51 goals per game. In his 55 games played, he has turned in 32 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

In St. Louis's 80 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 43-35-2. So far, taking the over when the Blues are playing away from home has been a good bet with an over-under record of 23-16-1. On the season, 61.0% of St. Louis's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 57% of the scoring coming from the Blues. In Colorado's 79 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 42-35-2. So far, taking the over when the Avalanche are playing at home, has been a good bet with an over-under record of 20-18-1. On the season 59.0% of Colorado's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 58% of the scoring coming from the Avalanche. With an over-under line set at 6 games, look for this matchup to fall below that number, as even though the Blues are ranked 5th in overall goals, they generate shots well below the NHL average. Look for St. Louis to struggle against Colorado's 2nd ranked goalie unit.

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