The Blues kept the series alive with a stunning 5-4 overtime victory on Wednesday night in Denver.
Now the venue shifts to St. Louis where the Avs will get another chance at closing this one out in the hostile territory. Let’s analyze this matchup and keep cashing our NHL picks!
Colorado Avalanche vs. St. Louis Blues
Friday, May 27, 2022 – 08:00 PM EDT at Enterprise Center
The Avalanche were supposed to be resting and relaxing until Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals, with the Oilers as their next opponent.
Avalanche vs. Blues Analysis
But the Blues flipped the script and roared back after finding themselves in a 3-0 hole early in the second period.
Vladimir Tarasenko would draw first blood for the Blues midway through the second period before Robert Thomas struck gold in the middle of the third to cut the lead to 3-2.
Jordan Kyrou knotted the game at three apiece but Nathan MacKinnon sent the home crowd into a frenzy when he cashed in his eighth goal of the playoffs with less than three minutes to play.
However, the crowd’s euphoria was short-lived as St. Louis’ Robert Thomas hushed the crowd at 19:04 of the final period when he tied the game with his second of the postseason.
This sent the game into extra innings and at 3:38 of the overtime session, Tyler Bozak punctuated the Blues’ comeback with a slapshot that had eyes and eluded Colorado goalie, Darcy Kuemper, giving St. Louis a 5-4 overtime win.
Tyler Bozak Performance
Bozak was an unlikely hero, a fourth-line center, who had only three goals in his 50 regular-season games and just one in the playoffs before Wednesday night’s epic tally.
“It was an amazing hockey game,” Bozak said. “I’m sure everyone that was watching thought the same thing."
Bozak’s game-winning shot was a semi-slapshot that was intended for accuracy as opposed to blazing speed.
“There's definitely no such thing as a bad shot,” Bozak said. “So just tried to get it through the traffic and it went in. So that’s awesome.”
Avalanche in the Second Round Consecutively
The last three consecutive postseasons have seen the Avalanche bow out in the second round and here they are again.
All Colorado had to do was hang on for less than three minutes in the third period but couldn’t close the deal.
They also wasted another stellar performance from Nathan MacKinnon who notched the second postseason hat trick of his career.
When asked about his three-goal effort after the game, MacKinnon said, “Doesn’t matter. Looking to get a win.”
Colorado captain Gabriel Landeskog scored a goal but took the loss in stride saying, “You sulk for three minutes and you move on. Simple as that. It’s playoff hockey. It’s not supposed to be easy.”
- Avalanche are 4-0 in their last 4 road games.
- Road team is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings between these clubs.
- Avalanche are 9-3 in the last 12 meetings with St. Louis.
- Avalanche are 10-2 in their last 12 when the opponent scores 5 goals or more in the previous game.
- Over is 4-0 in Avalanche’s last 4 games as a road favorite.
- Over is 4-0 in Avalanche’s last 4 road games.
- Over is 8-1 in Avalanche’s last 9 Friday games.
- Over is 5-0 in the last 5 meetings in St. Louis.
Avalanche vs. Blues: How to Bet On?
There is no use bemoaning Colorado’s Game 5 loss if you played the role of chalk-eater and laid somewhere in the neighborhood of -240 for the privilege of watching the better team suffer an agonizing loss.
And yes, make no mistake, the Avs are the more talented team but the Blues have a unique way of hanging around and rallying around the flag when the chips are down.
There will likely be a swell of St. Louis support from the masses because although Joe Q. Public is usually backing the favorite, he also likes a gritty home dog and he’s got one in the Blues on Friday night.
However, I am advising quite the opposite. I believe the Avalanche are too talented to lament this loss to the point of losing another.
But BetOnline has a much better price at -158 which is tolerable considering Colorado has won their last five meetings in St. Louis and will likely make it 6-0 on Friday night.
Let’s lay the lumber and look for another high-scoring affair that has seen the last three games go over, including the most recent in St. Louis where the teams scored a combined 16 goals over two games. Lay it, like it, and go over the posted total.
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