Blues vs. Avalanche Stanley Cup Playoffs Game 5 Best Bets for May 25

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Nazem Kadri #91 of the Colorado Avalanche shoots and scores a goal against the St. Louis Blues in the second period during Game Four. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP)

The Avalanche will try to put a bow on this series after taking a commanding 3-1 lead on Monday night, while the Blues are looking to stay alive and return to St. Louis for a Game 6. Let’s analyze this matchup and keep cashing our NHL picks

Blues vs. Avalanche 

Wednesday, May 25, 2022 – 08:00 PM EDT at Ball Arena

David Perron scored the first of what would be two goals in the first period of Game 4 and the Blues took a 1-0 lead entering the second period. But the pace and tenor of the game would change markedly from therein as the Avalanche struck early with a goal by Erik Johnson less than three minutes into the second frame to knot the game at one apiece. 

But within two minutes of Johnson’s goal, Nazem Kadri would tally for his first of three to give Colorado a lead they would never relinquish. The scoring continued less than 20 seconds later when Devon Toews notched his fourth of the postseason followed by Kadri’s second goal of the game.

With only seven minutes gone in the second stanza, the Avs had gone from a 1-0 deficit to a 4-1 lead.  

However, the Blues’ power play clicked at the end of the period when Perron connected on his second of the night before Pavel Buchnevich found the back of the net on another power-play opportunity less than three minutes later. The Blues now trailed 4-3 as the teams awaited the third and final frame. 

A tight-checking third period was punctuated by Kadri’s third goal towards the end of the final period followed by Mikko Rantanen’s empty-netter with only seconds remaining to give Colorado a 6-3 victory and a stranglehold on the series

Kadri Receives Threats 

Nazem Kadri was, at the time, the highest-drafted Muslim in NHL history when he was selected as the No. 7 overall pick in 2009 by the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Kadri reportedly received racist death threats prior to Game 4 after a collision with goalie Jordan Binnington in the previous game, which has since sidelined Binnington for the series, but it only spurred him to the first hat trick of his postseason career. 

“I wanted to come out tonight and really put a mark on this game, especially after what happened,” Kadri said. “I tried to do that as best as possible. Sometimes you’ve got to be patient and you’ve got to wait. I was able to strike early in the second period and was able to get the mojo going.” 

Naz’s focused, he’s a big boy, he’s a tough guy, and he’s a resilient guy,” Avalanche coach Jared Bednar said. “And we’re proud of him as a group and we have a task that we’re trying to complete and Naz understands that and it’s unfortunate he has to deal with it and he knows that we’re all with him and that’s what we care about.” 

Side Trends 

  • St. Louis is 1-5 SU in their last 6 games against Colorado. 
  • St. Louis is 2-7 SU in their last 9 games when playing on the road against Colorado. 
  • Colorado is 10-3 SU in their last 13 games at home. 
  • Colorado is 4-0 at Ball Arena in the postseason, the only team left undefeated at home. 

Total Trends 

  • The total has gone OVER in 9 of Colorado's last 12 games played in May. 
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Colorado's last 5 games played on a Wednesday at home. 
  • The total has gone OVER in 8 of Colorado's last 10 games against St. Louis. 
  • The OVER is 12-6 over St. Louis' last 18 games against Central Division opponents. 

How to Bet on Blues vs. Avalanche Game 5 

The Avs held a 15-3 shot advantage in the first period of Game 4, yet, trailed 1-0. Nevertheless, Colorado would continue to put the clamps on the St. Louis offense throughout, and it was only on the man-advantage that the Blues would be able to turn the tide and create pressure in the offensive zone, manifesting in a pair of goals at the end of the second period.

The Avs would go on to outshoot the Blues, 37-20, on Monday night.  

Speaking of shots on net, Colorado has averaged 37.25 versus St. Louis’ 27.0 shots on net over the four games of this series. That is a notable metric and one that we will use to bolster our argument that the Avs are well worth laying the big number in this one. 

The NHL odds at many of the top-rated online sportsbooks are dealing the Avs as well north of -200 favorites and although we are reluctant to lay this kind of lumber, we are even more averse to watching our team win a close game and losing by the hook when laying the 1 ½ goals.  

NHL Pick: Avalanche (-240) at Bovada (visit our Bovada Review)

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NHL Pick: Over 6 ½ (-108) at Heritage Sports (visit our Heritage Sports Review)

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