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(49-17-8) St. Louis Blues vs. Colorado Avalanche (20-52-3)
St. Louis is in the midst of a playoff positioning battle with Nashville and Calgary, all sitting within one point of another in the Western Conference standings.
Colorado sits at the bottom of those standings, and the entire NHL, and will be looking toward the summer for some major alterations.
St. Louis Blues
St. Louis has turned their fortunes around this season since handing the head coaching reins over early to former-associate, Mike Yeo, firing Ken Hitchcock in his final year.
The new lead voice has helped his team reach the 90-point threshold for the season, good for 3rd place in the Central Division.
It was nearing the trade deadline when Blues’ management decided that they were better to get assets for an expiring deal in Kevin Shattenkirk, rather than load up for a playoff push.
They were seeded outside of the post-season picture at the time, but have managed to go 11-2-1 in March to secure an April matchup.
The turnaround to Jake Allen’s game in net has been a major factor in the team’s success of late, registering a .951 SV% this month and a .933% mark in February.
On the year now, Allen has boosted his line to reflect a .914 SV%, 2.42 GAA with 30 wins.
The offense centers around Vladamir Tarasenko, who has scored 36 goals and tallied 69 points overall. Jaden Schwartz has been wielding a hot stick of late, registering 14 points in his last 15 games played, helping provide another solid scoring option.
The Avs rank 30th across the board save for the penalty kill, which has been their shining attribute at 29th overall in the league.
Colorado is likely to be a major player at the draft, considering they’ll have a top selection and a number of young star forwards who will be on the trade block.
Considering the team has scored at a clip of just 2.0 goals per game this season, dealing one of these young forwards would seem foolish.
Though when digging deeper, the defense had struggled mightily to get the talent up front the puck which has greatly impacted the scoring numbers.
Nathan MacKinnon, one of the players who is not on the block, has reached the 50-point threshold for second consecutive season and for the third time in his four NHL seasons.
The former #1 overall pick is the building block for the franchise.
Tyson Barrie leads the defensive corps in scoring, with 35 points in 68 games.
He could be dealt, but more than likely GM Joe Sakic will look to add a supporting cast around him and allow the powerplay QB to excel as an offensive defenseman.
NHL Betting Trends:
- St. Louis has the 7th ranked powerplay and penalty kill
- St. Louis is 11-2-1 in March
- St. Louis is 20-17-1 on the road this year
- Vladamir Tarasenko is 3rd in the league in goals with 36
- Colorado is on a seven-game losing streak
- Colorado is 11-25-2 at home this year
Free St. Louis Blues vs. Colorado Avalanche NHL Hockey Prediction:
The Avs have almost nothing going right this season, and most of their players are hovering around the minus-30 mark for the season.
4* Free NHL Betting Pick: St. Louis -1.5.
They’ll have to face a St. Louis team who are amongst the hottest of any squad right now, and have something on the line to play for concerning their playoff positioning.
NHL Free Score Prediction: St. Louis 3 – Colorado 1
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