Avalanche vs. Blues: 2022 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs odds, picks, preview

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Colorado Avalanche players celebrate after a goal by Valeri Nichushkin (13) during the third period in Game 4 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series against the Nashville Predators Monday, May 9, 2022, in Nashville, Tenn. The Avalanche won 5-3 to sweep the series 4-0. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs Western Conference Semifinals: Colorado Avalanche vs. St. Louis Blues

How To Watch

Game Date Time (ET) Host TV
1 Tuesday, May 17 9:30 p.m. COL TNT
2 Thursday, May 19 9:30 p.m. COL TNT
3 Saturday, May 21 8 p.m. STL TNT
4 Monday, May 23 9:30 p.m. STL TNT
5* TBD COL
6* TBD STL
7* TBD COL

*If necessary

Tale of the Tape (regular season stats)

Avalanche STAT Blues
56-19-7 (119 pts) Record 49-22-11 (109 pts)
3.80 (4th) Goals Per Game 3.81 (3rd)
2.86 (10th) Goals Allowed Per Game 2.95 (11th)
+78 Goal Differential +69
32-5-4 Home, 24-14-3 Away Home/Away Record 26-10-5 Home, 23-12-6 Away
24.36% (6th) Power Play 26.47% (2nd)
79.22% (16th) Penalty Kill 84.4% (5th)
2021-22 Head-To-Head: Avalanche won regular-season series 2-1
How they got here: Avalanche def. Predators in 4 games, Blues def. Wild in 6 games

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Colorado leaders

Cale Makar
Cale Makar (Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports)
  • Cale Makar, D: 3 goals, 7 assists, 10 points, 25:26 in first round vs. NSH
  • Nathan MacKinnon, C: 5 goals, 1 assist, 6 points in first round vs. NSH
  • Darcy Kuemper, G: 2-0, .934 SV%, 1.63 GAA in first round vs. NSH

St. Louis leaders

Ryan O'Reilly
Ryan O’Reilly (left) and Brayden Schenn (right). (AP Photo/Michael Thomas)
  • David Perron, LW: 5 goals, 4 assists, 9 points in first round vs. MIN
  • Ryan O’Reilly, C: 5 goals, 3 assists, 8 points in first round vs. MIN
  • Vladimir Tarasenko, RW: 5 goals, 1 assist, 6 points in first round vs. MIN

Series Odds

  • COL to win: -380
  • STL to win: +290

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Series Prediction

Avalanche wins in 6 games (4-2)

  • The Avalanche simply rolled through the Predators in the first round, though they should have a tougher challenge against the Blues.
  • St. Louis moved past the Minnesota Wild in six games while finding their answer in the crease. Jordan Binnington swept the job from Ville Husso and ran away with it, looking like the man who backstopped the Blues to a Stanley Cup title three years ago. He posted a .943 save percentage and a 1.67 goals-against average in three games against Minnesota.
  • He’ll see a completely different animal, though, in a Colorado team that has one of the most well-rounded, relentless attacks in the NHL. They scored five or more goals in three of their four wins against the Predators with defenseman Cale Makar leading the way with 10 points.
  • St. Louis’ attack was just as impressive, especially considering it got through a good defensive team in the Wild that had one of the best goalie tandems in the NHL with Marc-Andre Fleury and Cam Talbot. Will it be enough to keep up with Colorado, though?

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