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#39 Colorado Avalanche vs.
#40 St. Louis Blues
Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at 9:05pm EDT
Enterprise Center, St Louis
Written by Valdis Pans

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Two teams, that both are riding their separate three-game winning streaks, will face off against each other in St. Louis, where the local Blues (4th in West Division) will be playing host to the Colorado Avalanche (1st in the West).

Avs Win Third In Row

The current winning streak of the Colorado Avalanche (29-9-4) extended to three games after the team banked a 4-2 win against the Arizona Coyotes at Ball Arena on Monday. The Avs made it 1-0 in the opening frame and added two more snipes in the following period before the visitors got two goals back in the final third, only for Mikko Rantanen (25 goals, 50 points this year) to round off the scoring with his second marker of the night - an empty-netter - with 1:57 remaining on the clock. Nathan MacKinnon (17 goals, 52 points) picked up a strike and an assist to extend his point run to 10 outings (7 goals, 10 helpers), while Brandon Saad (22 points) notched his 13th tally of the season. Colorado is 16-1-2 in its last 19 fixtures.

Goalie Philipp Grubauer turned aside 35 shots on Monday to take his current performance tally to 25-8-1 for the year with a 2.00 GAA and a .920 save percentage. He has registered a 4-4-2 previous total against the St. Louis Blues with a 2.79 GAA and a .898 save percentage. The Avalanche, meanwhile, are netting the absolute highest quantity of goals per game this season (3.57), while allowing the 2nd lowest amount on the defensive end (2.31). The team is 8th in power play with a 23.4% success rate and 6th in penalty kill with 83.7% proficiency.

Blues Triumph In Third Straight

The St. Louis Blues (19-16-6) recorded three consecutive victories after beating the Minnesota Wild with a 3-2 overtime score at Enterprise Center on Saturday. Mike Hoffman (11 goals, 23 points this year) tied the game twice in regulation, forcing the extra session with a 2-2 equalizer at 19:18 of the third frame before Ryan O’Reilly (17 goals, 39 points) buried the winner with just two seconds remaining in the bonus period. Vince Dunn (5 goals, 17 points) assisted on all three markers of the Blues, who had lost seven consecutive games (0-6-1) prior to the current winning streak.

Goalie Ville Husso stopped 28 shots on Saturday to take his current performance status to 7-5-1 for the season with a 3.43 GAA and a .887 save percentage. Jordan Binnington (12-11-5 on the year with a 2.65 GAA and a .910 save percentage), though, is expected back in the crease for St. Louis on Wednesday, having already posted a 4-4-0 career record against the Colorado Avalanche with a 3.32 GAA and a .888 save percentage. The Blues, meanwhile, are 16th in most goals scored per game during the ongoing campaign (2.85), 11th in most goals conceded on average (3.07), 23rd in power play (18.5%) and 26th in penalty kill (76.2%).

Best Bets for this Game

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Even though both teams are currently riding three-game winning streaks, it is difficult to put them in the same pot. The Avalanche have been outstanding throughout the whole current campaign, deservedly earning the right to be bookies’ favorites to land the Stanley Cup this year (+400). They have lost just three of their past 19 fixtures, with the top line of Gabriel Landeskog, Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen combining for a whopping 96 points (41 goals, 55 assists) in 24 contests since the start of March. The Blues, on the other hand, are merely trying to squeeze themselves into the 4th playoff spot of the West Division, with three other teams still pretty much in the hunt for it. St. Louis has, however, already dropped six of its previous seven overall meetings with Colorado, losing by more than one goal in three of those games.

Prediction: Colorado Avalanche -1.5 (+140)

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The series between the Avalanche and the Blues has not been one of the highest-scoring ones, with four of their past five meetings posting an average of just four tallies per game. Thirteen of their previous 20 encounters in St. Louis have also finished with just a minimal amount of strikes on the scoresheet, while the very last six Wednesday fixtures of the Blues, as well as four of the most recent five contests of the Avs against teams with a losing record, have all cruised below the set goal-mark. So, do bet on another outing void of prominent scoring in this case!

Prediction: Under 5.5
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