Free NHL Picks For Tonight (Mar 15): Avalanche vs Blues Prediction
The NHL is packed with nine games on Thursday night. One of the best matchups is between Colorado and St. Louis. The Central Division rivals will face off at 8:00 PM ET on Thursday night. My picks for tonight is below and the odds can be found at Sportsbetting.ag – Don’t Miss 75% Up To $1000 Bonus. If you have thought about buying sports betting picks you should read our Pay For Picks article and take advantage of our free NHL consensus picks instead of paying.
Colorado Avalanche vs St. Louis Blues Predictions
The Avalanche enter the night at 37-24-8. Colorado is in fourth place in the Central Division and in the first Wild Card spot of the playoffs. The Avalanche are coming off a 5-1 victory in Minnesota on Tuesday night. J.T. Compher scored two goals for the Avalanche, while Semyon Varlamov turned away 33 shots to give Colorado the win. That win marked the second in a row for the Avalanche.
St. Louis has gone 37-27-5 this season, which is good enough for sixth place in the Central Division. The Blues are three points outside the final Wild Card spot. St. Louis has struggled in the last couple of weeks. The Blues have lost nine of their last twelve games.
The Blues have won two straight games, including their most recent win against Anaheim on Monday night. Ivan Barbashev and Alex Pietrangelo each had two points to lead the Blues to a 4-2 victory. The Avalanche and Blues have already met three times this season. The first matchup between the two teams was in Colorado. St. Louis won 4-3. The Avalanche outshot the Blues 41-28, but the puck was not in their favor.
The 2nd game of the season for these two teams was in St. Louis. The game was held on January 25 and once again it went in favor of the Blues. St. Louis won 3-1 this time, largely due to the play by Alex Pietrangelo and Alex Steen, who both finished with 2 points. Once again though, the Avalanche outshot the Blues in the game.
The third and most recent game between the two teams was on February 8 in St. Louis again. Just like the first two games this season, the Blues got the win. Vince Dunn had three assists, while Brayden Schenn scored two goals to lead the Blues to a 6-1 win. The Blues dominated this game in just about every category.
Colorado Avalanche (+145) at St. Louis Blues (-161)
Semyon Varlamov is expected to be in the Avalanche’s net on Thursday night. Varlamov has a .914 save percentage and a GAA of 2.81. Jake Allen is likely going to be in net for the Blues. Allen has a .907 save percentage and a GAA of 2.76.
St. Louis will be without Jay Bouwmeester, Joel Edmundson, Robby Fabbri and Scottie Upshall for their matchup against the Avalanche. Colorado will be without Mark Barberio, Sergei Boikov and Erik Johnson. Vladislav Kamenev and Colin Wilson are both questionable to return for the matchup. The Avalanche are listed as large underdogs when considering how close these teams are in the standings. Colorado is above the Blues, yet they are only expected to win this game forty percent of the time.
The Avalanche have been a very streaky team this season and right now they find themselves on the beginning of a winning streak. Colorado is playing St. Louis for the fourth time this season and I find it hard to believe they can lose a fourth straight time to the Blues. St. Louis has found themselves struggling against good teams recently and I think it could continue Thursday night.