NHL Odds: Colorado Avalanche Big Favorites Over St. Louis Blues

  • The Colorado Avalanche are -300 home favorites over the St. Louis Blues.
  • The Blues come back as +250 underdogs in the first game of the series.

DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche will host the St. Louis Blues in the first game of their playoff series on Monday night and will be big favorites when doing so. The Avalanche won the regular-season series 5-3 against the Blues.

Colorado Avalanche vs. St. Louis Blues Betting Odds

  • Moneyline: COL -300, STL +250
  • Spread: COL -1.5 (-105), STL +1.5 (-115)
  • Total: O/U 5.5

Projected Starting Goalies

  • COL Philipp Grubauer (30-9-1, .922 SV%, 1.95 GAA)
  • STL Jordan Binnington (18-14-8, .910 SV%, 2.65 GAA)

Grubauer has been one of the best goalies in the NHL this season, posting one of the best records in the league on the back of one of the better save percentages. Binnington is respectable in his own right, but his record is flawed largely due to not getting goal support.

A large part as to why online sportsbooks peg Colorado as huge favorites is because of the play of Grubauer.

Should Colorado Be Favored By This Much?

The Avalanche had the highest-scoring offense in the NHL during the regular season with 3.52 goals per game. Colorado also had the third-best scoring defense allowing just 2.36 goals per game. They also rank in the top 10 on both the power play and penalty kill as well.

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The Blues statistically don’t compete at all, only ranking top 10 in their power play percentage. St. Louis both scores and allows 2.98 goals per game and is the only other team besides the Montreal Canadiens without a positive goal differential in the playoffs.

At the end of the story, the Avalanche are the better team and NHL betting sites know that. On paper, Colorado should sweep the Blues, but we know it’s never that easy.

In terms of game one, all of the stats point towards the Avalanche taking the series opener.