The St. Louis Blues (54-25-12) will be without starting goaltender Jordan Binnington for the rest of their series against the Colorado Avalanche (62-20-7) due to a knee injury sustained in Game 3 on Saturday. St. Louis will try to find a way to even up the series at two games apiece as an Avalanches vs Blues prediction underdog this Monday night at home.
Avalanche vs Blues Odds & Analysis
The Avalanche opened as -160 road favorites in Game 4, and equal Avalanche vs Blues predictions and bets coming in on both sides have kept this price steady. St. Louis is a +140 underdog while the total is set at 6.5 goals. The OVER is 5-1 in Colorado’s last six road games at St. Louis.
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Colorado Quickly Bounced Back From Game 2 Loss
The Avalanche are rarely outplayed, especially on their home ice as the entered Game 2 of this series with a 35-5-4 record at home. But a flat effort coupled with a strong game defensively from the Blues led to a 4-1 loss as -250 home favorites on Thursday night.
Colorado responded with a 5-2 win on Saturday to take a 2-1 series lead over the Blues and to improve to 6-1 SU this postseason. The Avalanche have now scored five goals or more in four of their seven playoff games while allowing three goals or fewer in all but one. Bettors taking Colorado as their Avalanche vs Blues prediction will be looking for this postseason dominance to continue with another road victory on Monday night.
Ville Husso Takes Over In Goal For The Blues
Nazem Kadri is taking plenty of heat for his collision with Jordan Binnington that has led to Binnington’s series-ending injury. But regardless of where anyone stands on how the injury happened, the series will continue with Ville Husso in net. Husso gave up four goals on 23 shots faced in Saturday’s loss.
During the regular season, Husso actually outperformed Binnington with a 25-7-6 record, a 2.56 goals against average and a .919 save percentage in 40 games compared to Binnington’s 18-14-4 record, 3.13 GAA and .901 save percentage in 37 games. Binnington won the job back this postseason however with a 4-1 record, a 1.72 GAA and a .949 save percentage. Husso has struggled with a 3.38 GAA and a .891 save percentage in the first playoff action of his young career. St. Louis is 2-8 SU in its last 10 games against Colorado.
Avalanche vs Blues Pick & Insights
Avalanche: Keys to Win
The Avalanche have been the Stanley Cup favorites for most of the season and have been the most dominant team in the 2022 playoffs to this point. If Colorado can apply steady pressure on offense against Ville Husso, it should result in another win as an Avalanche vs Blues prediction.
Blues: Keys to Win
St. Louis scored the first two goals in Game 2 against the Avalanche and then were able to control the tempo with their strong defensive play en route to a 4-1 upset win. Getting an early lead in Game 4 may be the key to winning as an Avalanche vs Blues pick, as it would allow the team to slow things down and to make things as easy as possible for Husso.
NHL Computer Pick: Blues +140 ML
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