The first game of the Avalanche vs. Blues playoff series in Denver gave all hockey fans everything they could’ve expected from a series between two of the most physically dominant and offensively driven teams in the league this season. After a thrilling 3-2 win in OT for the Avalanche, game two is upon us and we couldn’t be more ready for what clearly feels like it’s going to be another must-watch game between Colorado and St. Louis. With Colorado all about getting a second win at home before hitting the road to Missouri and the Blues looking to even out the series before bringing it home, what will happen tonight?
What a game one ladies and gentlemen, what a game one indeed. It’s about time that the Colorado Avalanche started raking the rewards from the past six years in the league and man are they cashing in in the biggest way possible. After taking down St. Louis in game 1 of their series, it’s no wonder why they are pitted as the favorites in the Western Conference to not only make it to the Stanley Cup finals but even take the title back to Colorado, something that hasn’t happened since 2001.
If we had to pit why Colorado has been so good and continues on being so good, we could start off with Darcy Kuemper who in his return from an eye injury took back the starting goalkeeper position with Colorado and held his own very well. After that, Mikko Rantanen’s dominance on offense is clearly a pivotal pick me up at all moments for Colorado, and what he brings to the ice alongside Nathan MacKinnon, Valeri Nichushkin, Gabriel Landeskog and Andre Burakovsky is something that not all teams in the NHL are ready to deal with right now. If not just see how they manhandled the Predators in the first round and draw your own conclusions.
What is clear though is that against St. Louis, the key to winning is physicality. St. Louis knows how to strike and hard and they will not let down one second, which is why Colorado needs to pair their talents with their physical strength to beat St. Louis one again tonight.
St. Louis went out on the ice in game one and decided to just pommel Colorado hoping that that would be enough to beat them. Well, now that we know that didn’t work quite as well, it’s time for St. Louis to rethink their strategy here. If they can play how they did in the first 20 minutes of game one, where they kept Colorado on check, we could be looking at a turn around for the team and even maybe a shocking win on the road before going back to St. Louis, but if that doesn’t happen, it will be 2-0 for Colorado in the series easily
St. Louis Blues vs Colorado Avalanche Game Information
- Date: 05/19/2022
- Time: 8:00 PM ET
- Location: Ball Arena, Denver, Colorado
- How to Watch Blues vs Avalanche:ESPN
- Live Stream: NHL.TV
Blues vs Avalanche Betting Lines
Colorado Avalanche are -240 according to our Vegas NHL Lines. This means that if you wager $100 you have the chance to win $41.67. On the other side, St. Louis Blues are +200 according to the Vegas NHL Lines. This means that if you wager $100 you have the chance to win $200.
The implied probability for these two teams attached to the betting lines have Colorado Avalanche at a 70.59% chance of winning the game, meanwhile St. Louis Blues have 33.33% probability of finishing the game with the W.
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