The Scottrade Center will be the site for a divisional showdown as the St. Louis Blues take the ice against the visiting Colorado Avalanche. The action will get underway at 8 p.m. ET on Thursday, February 8 and it’s being televised live on Altitude Sports & Entertainment.
Colorado Avalanche at St. Louis Blues Odds
Earning moneyline bettors 2.1 units, St. Louis is 32-23 straight up (SU) overall this year. That winning percentage, ranked 3rd in the Central Division in this young season, is right in line with the 46-36 record the team produced during last year’s regular season campaign. 34 of its 55 outings have gone under the total, while 21 have gone over and none have pushed. The team is 18-11 SU at home this season.
The Blues have converted on just 16.0 percent of their power play opportunities this season, a figure that puts them in the bottom-5 overall among NHL teams. On the other hand, their penalty kill is ranked 16th overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 81.0 percent of all penalties.
The Blues, as a collective unit, have been whistled for penalties just 3.5 times per game overall this season, and 2.8 per game over their past five games. The team’s had to kill penalties for just 8.1 minutes per game over their last 10 outings, overall.
Averaging 25.8 saves per game with a .909 save percentage, Jake Allen (18 wins, 20 losses, and two OT losses) has been the primary option in goal for St. Louis this year. If the Blue Notes, however, choose to rest him, the team may go with Carter Hutton (15-9-9 record, .943 save percentage, 1.74 goals against average).
Brayden Schenn and Vladimir Tarasenko will both look to continue their strong seasons for the Blues. Schenn (51 points) has tallied 21 goals and 30 assists and has recorded two or more points 12 times this year. Tarasenko has 21 goals and 26 assists to his credit and has recorded a point in 31 contests.
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.
Semyon Varlamov (.912 save percentage and 2.84 goals against average) has been the primary option in goal for Colorado. Varlamov is averaging 28.6 saves per game and owns a 14-13-2 record.
For the visiting Avalanche, the offense will run through Nathan MacKinnon, who has 37 assists and 24 goals on the year.
Colorado Avalanche at St. Louis Blues Betting Predictions