Blues vs Avalanche Prediction - NHL Picks 11/1/23

Colorado Avalanche (6-2) vs St. Louis Blues (3-3-1)

Game Info: Wednesday, November 1, 2023 at 9:30 pm (Ball Arena)

Betting Odds: Colorado Avalanche -238 / St. Louis Blues +185 --- Over/Under: 4.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The St. Louis Blues and Colorado Avalanche face off on Wednesday in an NHL showdown at Ball Arena. 

Blues Look to Bounce Back

The Blues come into this game with a 3-3-1 record overall and they are coming off a loss in the last game. The Blues faced off against the Vancouver Canucks, and the offense failed to score any goals while the defense gave up five goals on the way to the defeat. Jordan Binnington faced 35 shots and stopped 30 of them. The Blues this season are averaging 1.86 points while their defense is giving up 2.71 goals per game. The offense is ranked 31st while the defense is ranked 9th.

St. Louis Blues Team Facts

  • The Blues have lost each of their last seven games against Central Division opponents.
  • The Blues have failed to cover the puck line in each of their last six games at Ball Arena against opponents on a losing streak.
  • The Blues have lost the third period in four of their last five games at Ball Arena against opponents on a losing streak.
  • The 'Over 1.5 Goals Period 2' market has hit in each of the Blues' last eight games at Ball Arena.

Avalanche is Struggling With the Offense

The Avalanche sit with a 6-2 record overall but they have lost two games in a row. In the last two games the Avalanche have scored zero goals and that led to the defeat. Overall this season the offense has been good but they are going to need to find a way to get the offense going here. The Avalanche on the season are averaging 3.38 goals while their defense is giving up 2.5 goals per game. The offense is ranked 11th in the league while the defense is ranked 6th in the league. 

Colorado Avalanche Team Facts

  • The Avalanche have won nine of their last 10 home games against Central Division opponents.
  • The Avalanche have failed to cover the puck line in each of their last eight Wednesday games at Ball Arena.
  • The Avalanche have won the third period in each of their last four games against Western Conference opponents.
  • The 'Over 1.5 Goals Period 3' market has hit in each of the last nine games between the Blues and Avalanche.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Colorado Avalanche ranks 3rd in the league in penalty kill percentage this season (93.75%).
  • The Colorado Avalanche are one of four teams to rank in the top 10 for both goals scored and goals conceded per game this season.
  • The St. Louis Blues ranks 32nd in the league in power play percentage this season (4.76%).
  • The St. Louis Blues ranks 31st in the league for goals per game this season (1.86).

Shane’s Free Pick

These are both offenses that have struggled heading into this game and it’s going to be an issue again in this game. Even though the Blues goaltending was a bit shaking in the last game, the Avs offense has been ice cold.  The Blues and Avs are both going to struggle to get the offense going here, and that is going to be the difference here as this game is going to stay under the total. Back the under to cash here. This is one of the best plays on the entire card. 

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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