Free NHL Consensus Picks For Tonight: Blues vs Avalanche Prediction
The NHL Is filled with fifteen matchups on Saturday. Every NHL team except the Pittsburgh Penguins, Boston Bruins, and Florida Panthers will be playing their final regular season game on Saturday. Boston and Florida will play on Sunday to make up a game that was postponed earlier in the season, while Pittsburgh played their final game on Friday night. The biggest game of the night will come down to the St. Louis Blues and the Colorado Avalanche, who will play for the final wild-card position in the Western Conference.My picks for tonight is below and the odds can be found at Sportsbetting.ag – Don’t Miss 75% Up To $1000 Bonus.
St. Louis Blues vs. Colorado Avalanche Predictions
The St. Louis Blues have gone 44-31-6, which is good enough to have them one point above the Avalanche for the final wild-card position. St. Louis will clinch the final playoff position with either a win or a loss in overtime or shootout. St. Louis won their last game against the Chicago Blackhawks 4-1. Colorado is 42-30-9 this season, which has them fifth place in the Central Division. The Avalanche have lost three in a row coming into the final game of the season. St. Louis has lost four of their last five games.
The first game between these two teams was held on October 19 in Colorado. The Avalanche ended up losing the game 4-3. Carter Hutton was the hero of the night as he turned away thirty-eight shots. Alexander Kerfoot scored two goals for Colorado, but it was not enough.
The second game of the season for these teams was on January 25. The Blues hosted this matchup and pulled out a 3-1 victory. Carter Hutton once again stepped up in this matchup. He stopped thirty-six shots. Alexander Kerfoot once again scored for the Avalanche.
The third game between these teams this season was February 8. The Blues once again were the host of the game. For the third straight time this season, St. Louis got the victory. The Blues dominated with a 6-1 win. Vince Dunn had three assists to go along with Brayden Schenn’s 2 goals. Carter Hutton stopped 23 shots. The fourth and most recent game between these teams was on March 15. The Avalanche beat the Blues 4-1 in St. Louis. Mikko Rantanen and Nathan MacKinnon each scored two goals and Semyon Varlamov stopped 44 shots.
St. Louis Blues (+111) at Colorado Avalanche (-123)
The Blues will be missing Scottie Upshall, Nikita Soshnikov, Carl Gunnarsson, Robbi Fabbri and Jay Bouwmeester. Colorado is missing Erik Johnson and Semyon Varlamov for Saturday’s season finale. Jonathan Bernier will likely be in net for the Avalanche. Bernier has gone 18-13-3 in net this season. He has a save percentage of .912 and a GAA of 2.87. Jake Allen is expected to be in net for the Blues. Allen has a GAA of 2.74 and a .906 save percentage. He has gone 27-24-3.
I expect the Blues are going to be a little tired after playing the Blackhawks on Friday night. Colorado is on a losing streak and if anytime is a good time to end the streak, it is now. The Avalanche are at home and have struggled in the season series, but I expect them to turn it around with the playoffs on the line.
The Blues are listed as a slight underdog, but I believe that the line is close to accurate. St. Louis is the more well-rounded team, but the Avalanche have a potential Hart Trophy winner in Nathan MacKinnon. I expect MacKinnon to step up in such a big game. At home, I believe the Avalanche are able to pull away with a huge victory.