NHL Free Picks & Predictions: Colorado Avalanche @ St. Louis Blues

NHL Free Picks & Predictions: Colorado Avalanche @ St. Louis Blues

We’ve got the big Western Conference matchup for you today between the St. Louis Blues and the Colorado Avalanche. This is the first meeting between the two sides this season.

The homeside will look to put an end to a miserable run of games, whilst the Avalanche will look to keep the ball rolling and take an 8th win of the season.

Can the Stanley Cup holders extinguish Colorado’s fire?

St. Louis Blues (1.70) vs Colorado Avalanche (2.10)

St. Louis are back at home and face off against the Central Division leaders. After a steady start to the season, the Blues have fallen apart. A shocking run of form has led them to record losses in their last 4 matches, with 3-2-3 overall.

The Colorado Avalanche are full of confidence and will look to punish the homeside.

They’ve had an almost impeccable start to the season and will look to continue to use their attacking prowess to overcome a disorientated Blues side.

The Avalanche had a confident 6-2 victory in their last match against a decent Lightning side putting them at 7-0-1. Across all bookies the NHL Betting Odds are favouring the visitors for this one.

Take Colorado to be too much for this Blues team and win it.

Colorado Avalanche Defeat St. Louis Blues
2.10 Odds
PowerPlay

Plenty of goals in this one, Colorado Avalanche to win & over 6.5 (4.00)

The Blues have looked sluggish so far this season, which may be due to the fact they’re coming down from the high of last season’s success. Who knows?

St. Louis are currently tied for third place in the Central Division at the moment and could really do with a win, they need the tides to turn.

The Avalanche will be looking to Nathan MacKinnon, who has looked great so far this season, with 4 goals and 7 assists. He'll also be playing alongside the likes of Alongside Rantanen, Burakovsky and Landeskog.

Our favourite NHL Free Pick out of tonight’s games, both sides will be geared up for this one, for differing reasons, we expect plenty of goals and the league leaders to take the game outright.

Expect Avalanche to win & over 6.5.

Colorado Avalanche Win & Goal Total OVER 6.5
4.00 Odds
Betway

Nathan MacKinnon to continue his run of form, score anytime (2.45)

First let’s look at the Blues defence. In their last 4 games they’ve conceded 18 goals. Granted all of those games resulted in losses for St. Louis, but I guess the leaky defence is part of the problem.

Colorado have scored 19 goals in their last 4. Against the Panthers, the game was won in OT with a truly wonderful shot by their leading man at the moment, Nathan MacKinnon

He’s racked up 32 shots for the season, more than any other player on his team. Moreover, the young Canadian also has a Plus/Minus rating of +2. Take Nathan MacKinnon to score anytime.

Nathan MacKinnon Anytime Goal Scorer
2.45 Odds
Bet365

 

Too much talent on the ice, Colorado Avalanche to score first (1.95)

There are a number of reasons for this pick. Firstly, the Avalanche have goalie Philipp Grubauer back between the pipes, who carries a record of 5-0-1 and a GAA of 2.79, so it’ll be a tough night for St. Louis’s forwards.

Secondly, as we’ve discussed already, this Colorado side have a lethal arsenal of attacking forwards to choose from.

Also, coach Jared Bednar will be aware his team are visiting a title-winning side that are in the rough at the moment, so he will want to put this omatch to bed early.

The smart money says Avalanche to score first.

Colorado Avalanche Score First Goal
1.95 Odds
Sports Interaction