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Colorado Avalanche at St. Louis Blues odds, picks and prediction

Apr 22, 2021; St. Louis, Missouri, USA; Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon (29) defends against St. Louis Blues center Tyler Bozak (21) during the first period at Enterprise Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

The Colorado Avalanche (31-9-4) play the second part of a three-game set against the St. Louis Blues (19-19-6) Saturday with a 3 p.m. ET puck drop at Enterprise Center. Below, we analyze the Avalanche-Blues odds and lines, with NHL picks and predictions.

The Avalanche doubled up the Blues 4-2 in their first game back on the ice since April 14. Colorado has won five in a row despite the eight-day hiatus, last tasting defeat on April 7 in Minnesota.

The Blues are on a three-game skid, losing two of the games to the Avalanche. St. Louis has dropped five straight meetings with Colorado since winning the regular-season opener 4-1 in Denver back on Jan. 13.

Avalanche at Blues: Odds, spread and lines

Odds via BetMGM; access USA TODAY Sports’ betting odds for a full list. Lines last updated at 6:16 a.m. ET.

  • Money line: Avalanche -165 (bet $165 to win $100) | Blues +140 (bet $100 to win $140)
  • Against the spread/ATS: Avalanche -1.5 (+150) | Blues +1.5 (-175)
  • Over/Under: 6 (O: -115 | U: -105)

Avalanche at Blues: Projected starting goalies

Devan Dubnyk (5-9-2, 3.10 GAA, .901 SV%, 1 SO) vs. Jordan Binnington (12-14-5, 2.72 GAA, .908 SV%)

Dubnyk has made two starts since being acquired from the San Jose Sharks, and he has won twice against the Blues. He made 25 saves in Thursday’s 4-2 victory, and he has posted a 2-0-0 record with a 2.51 GAA and .918 SV% in his two outings with the Avs.

Binnington has dropped three straight starts, allowing three or more goals in each of the outings, and he has won just twice in regulation across the past 14 starts and 15 appearances dating back to March 3 in Anaheim.

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Avalanche at Blues: Odds, lines, predictions and picks

Prediction

Avalanche 4, Blues 3

Money line (ML)

The AVALANCHE (-165) have rattled off five straight wins against the Blues (+140), so it’s hard to trust St. Louis on the money line.

Yes, Philipp Grubauer remains on the COVID list, but Dubnyk has done a good enough job since being tasked with holding down the fort.

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Against the spread (ATS)

The BLUES +1.5 (-175) will cost you a pretty penny, but they’re not a bad play on home ice. Yes, St. Louis has lost three straight outings, but two of the games are one-goal losses. Trust Binnington and the Blues to keep it close.

Over/Under (O/U)

The OVER 6 (-115) is worth a small-unit play after a push in the first game of the set. The Blues are averaging 5.5 goals per game across the past six outings, while the Avalanche have exactly four goals in each of their past four contests.

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