David Perron, Ryan O’Reilly, and the St. Louis Blues will do battle against Cale Makar, Nathan MacKinnon, and the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center for a Central Division showdown. NBC Sports Network will showcase the matchup, which gets going at 9:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, January 2.
St. Louis Blues at Colorado Avalanche Odds
Colorado (-135) is currently the favorite over St. Louis (+115), and the oddsmakers have put the Over/Under (O/U) at an even 6 goals. The line for betting that total stands at -120 under, +100 over.
St. Louis is 26-15 straight up (SU) and has netted moneyline bettors 7.5 units this season. Through 41 regular season contests, 22 of its games have gone under the total, while 19 have gone over and none have pushed. The Blue Notes are 13-8 SU as the road team in 2019-20.
St. Louis has converted on 24.0 percent of its power play chances this season, a figure that’s good enough for sixth-best in the league. Additionally, it has the seventh-best penalty kill in the league, and it has successfully killed off 83.6 percent of its penalties..
Averaging 27.2 saves per game with a .921 save percentage, Jordan Binnington (19-10-4) has been the best option in goal for St. Louis this season. If it decides to rest him, however, head coach Craig Berube may go with Jake Allen (7-6-2 record, .930 save percentage, 2.18 goals against average).
Colorado is 23-17 straight up (SU) and has earned 3.1 units for moneyline bettors this year. Through 40 regular season matches, 20 of its games have gone over the total, while 18 have gone under and just two have pushed. This year, the team’s 10-9 SU as the home team.
The Avalanche have converted on just 19.0 percent of their power play chances this year, a figure that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 22nd overall, and it’s successfully killed off 78.2 percent of all penalties.
Philipp Grubauer has denied 27.9 shots per game as the top option in goal for the Avalanche. Grubauer has 11 wins, 12 losses, and three overtime losses to his credit and has recorded a mediocre 2.91 goals against average and a .911 save percentage this season.
St. Louis Blues at Colorado Avalanche Betting Predictions
Prediction: SU Winner – Avalanche, O/U – Over
For both of these clubs, the game went over the total in four of their last five matchups.
St. Louis has managed 32.0 shot attempts per game over its last five road games while Colorado has been attempting 36.6 shots per game over its last five home outings.
Seven of St. Louis’ last ten games have been decided by two goals or more. The team is 5-2 in those games.
St. Louis skaters notched 22.5 hits per game last season, while the Avalanche forced 21.9 hits per matchup.