In our NHL predictions for Thursday, May 19, we’re breaking down Game 2 of the 2022 Stanley Cup Western Conference semifinal series between St. Louis and Colorado to get you the best Blues vs Avalanche betting pick and odds. Colorado took the first blood and beat St. Louis 3-2 in overtime in Game 1 as a -230 home favorite. The Avs are heavy favorites once more, sitting at -240 moneyline odds, while the Blues are +195 road underdogs.
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Blues vs Avalanche Betting Pick
This game will be played at Ball Arena at 9:30 PM ET on Thursday, May 19, 2022.
Why Bet The Avalanche:
✅ The Avs outshot the Blues 54-25 in Game 1. Also, they had eight hits more than their rivals (47-39) and won 15 faceoffs more than the Blues (34-19). Simply put, they looked like a much better team than St. Louis.
✅ The Avalanche have dominated the Blues over the last few years. Colorado has won 15 of its previous 19 encounters with St. Louis and is 10-2 in its last 12 home contests against the Blues. The Avs won two of their three dates with St. Louis this past regular season, outscoring the Blues 12-11 in the process.
✅ After missing the final two games of the first-round series against Nashville due to an eye injury, Darcy Kuemper returned to the ice last Tuesday. The 32-year-old netminder turned aside 23 of 25 shots and improved to 3-0-0 with a 1.67 GAA and .930 save percentage this postseason. The Avs acquired Kuemper last offseason in order to improve their chances of winning the championship.
St. Louis Blues
The Blues had a 1-0 lead at the end of the first period last Tuesday, as Ryan O’Reilly scored his sixth goal of the postseason. After yielding a couple of goals in the second period, the Blues found a way to convert a power-play opportunity in the third to force overtime, but they didn’t deserve to upset the odds in the opener.
Jordan Binnington posted a whopping 51 saves. The 28-year-old goaltender recorded his first loss in the 2022 Stanley Cup. He’s now 3-1-0 with a 1.94 GAA and .944 save percentage.
The Avs fully deserved the win in Game 1. Valeri Nichushkin and Samuel Girard found the back of the net in the regulation, while Josh Manson scored the winning goal 8:02 into overtime. Manson also recorded an assist, while I’ve already mentioned Darcy Kuemper’s good performance.
Colorado swept its first-round series against the Nashville Predators, so the Avs haven’t played since May 9. They are 14-4 in the last 18 outings at Ball Arena and 20-8 in the previous 28 games at any location.