Blues vs Avalanche Betting Preview
Game 2 of the Best-of-7 series in the Blues vs Avalanche match-up will take place Wednesday night from Ball Arena in Denver, Colorado. The top-seeded Colorado Avalanche took care of the St. Louis Blues in Game 1 and will look to take a commanding 2-0 lead in the series on Wednesday. The Blues and Avalanche are set to drop the puck at 9:30pm CT. Colorado comes into this game as a massive favorite over the Blues. You can grab the Avalanche at -310, with a total of 5.5 goals for this game.
Binnington Was Dynamite but Took the L
Jordan Binnington was dynamite but still took a 4-1 loss on Monday. The fourth goal was not against Binnington, as the Blues had their goaltender pulled. But, what Binnington did to keep St. Louis in the game and even tied after two periods was nothing short of a miracle. The 27-year-old netminder ended the game with 46 saves in the game. Binnington came into the postseason with 6 wins in his last 9 games, and those three losses all came in overtime. The 2019 cup winner started 41 games this season and compiled an 18-14-8 record.
The Blues are going to once again be without David Perron, who led the team in points this season. Perron is on the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol. That’s a huge blow for a Blues squad that struggled to score throughout the season. Perron ended with 19 goals and 39 assists. Ryan O’Reilly was the top goal scorer and ended the season with 24 goals and an additional 30 assists.
In the game one loss, Jordan Kyrou picked up the first postseason point of his career. Robert Thomas and Ivan Barbashev picked up assists in the game. Mentioning Perron being out earlier also takes into account the ineffectiveness of Vladimir Tarasenko, who played 16 minutes in the Game 1 loss and was relatively ineffective. Tarasenko only played in one regular-season game during the month of May due to a lower-body injury.
Colorado Being Colorado
The Colorado Avalanche put the National Hockey League on alert with their Game 1 performance. This is the same team that won the President’s Cup and won their last 5 games of the regular season. The Avalanche finished the regular season with the most goals in the league, averaging more than 3.5 per game. Colorado peppers shots on the net, with nearly 35 per game, and even more than that in the Game 1 win.
Gabriel Landeskog and Nathan MacKinnon, at times, make the game look unfair with the way they handle the puck. MacKinnon scored two goals and dished out an assist, while Landeskog had two assists and a goal. The captain also got in an early fight to set the tone for the Avalanche.
Phillip Grubauer will be between the pipes again for Colorado. He led the Avalanche down the stretch with four wins in five starts during the month of May. In his last four starts, he has allowed just 4 goals. The 29-year-old has made 39 starts and won 30 games during the 2021 season.
Colorado Takes Commanding 2-0 Lead
This will be an interesting game to see if Craig Berube can get his Blues back on track and find a way to win on the road. There is no doubt that the Colorado Avalanche were bigger, faster, and stronger in Game 1. Unfortunately for the St. Louis Blues, it’s too quick of a turnaround to bounce back and win this Game 2. The Avalanche won the President’s Trophy for a reason. The Colorado Avalanche are going to win this game. Bet Colorado -1.5 at -120 on Wednesday in the National Hockey League.