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St. Louis Blues vs Colorado Avalanche 08/02/2020 NHL Previews, Betting Spread and Hockey Picks

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St. Louis Blues vs Colorado Avalanche 08-02-2020 NHL Previews Betting Spread and Hockey Picks

St. Louis Blues vs Colorado Avalanche 08/02/2020 – The bid for a title repeat officially resumes on Sunday for the St. Louis Blues as they are set to face the Colorado Avalanche in their first game for the NHL restart. The match will be held at the Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta – the bubble venue for Western Conference teams – as the round-robin round for the conference’s top four teams begins. The faceoff will start at 06:30 PM Eastern Time and will be available on streaming at NHL.TV and SofaScore. It will also be broadcasted on NBCSN. It will be a complete toss-up for both teams according to the NHL Vegas Odds for Sunday’s matches as each is pegged at -110 pick-em price to win. 

St. Louis Blues vs Colorado Avalanche 08/02/2020

When: Sunday, August 2, 06:30 PM EST

Where: Rogers Place, Edmonton, Alberta

TV: NBCSN

Stream: NHL.TV

St. Louis Blues vs Colorado Avalanche 08/02/2020 Betting Odds:

Team PUCKLINE TOTAL ML
St. Louis Blues +1.5 (-270) 5.5 o (-115) -110
Colorado Avalanche -1.5 (+230) 5.5 u (-105) -110
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St. Louis Blues

St. Louis Blues are the second-best team overall and the top team in the West when the NHL decided to suspend the season in March due to COVID-19. Although secured of a playoff berth entering the round-robin tournament, the defending Stanley Cup Champions will still have to battle through a grueling road before chasing the repeat. Taking on the Avalanche is a perfect acid test. After all, Colorado has presented itself as St. Louis’ top conference adversary, lurking behind by just two points in the standings. 

Players to watch: David Perron (GP 71, G 25, A 35, PTS 60), Ryan O’Reilly (GP 71 G 12, A 49, PTS 61), Brayden Schenn (GP 71, G 25, A 33 , PTS 58).

Colorado Avalanche

Colorado will gear up with the same mentality as the St. Louis in their bubble debut. Although playing with basically nothing to lose, the Avalanche will have to battle themselves as they aim to have the right mindset when the first round of the playoffs begins. Head coach Jared Bednar utilized the tune-up match against Minnesota in testing his rotation. The Avalanche won the exhibition, 3-2, but the tactician would expect more from his squad as they play their first official match since the break. 

Players to watch: Nathan MacKinnon (GP 69, G 35, A 58, PTS 93), Cale Makar (GP 57, G 12, A 38, PTS 50), Andre Burakovsky (GP 58, G 20, A 25, PTS 45).

St. Louis Blues vs Colorado Avalanche Betting Predictions

Trends

Blues

Blues are 7-0 in their last 7 vs. Western Conference.
St. Louis is 5-0 in their last 5 vs. Central.
St. Louis is 4-0 in their last 4 vs. a team with a winning record.
Over is 5-0 in Blues last 5 following a loss of 3 or more goals.
Under is 4-0 in Blues last 4 Sunday games.

Avalanche

Colorado is 6-1 in their last 7 after allowing 2 goals or less in their previous game.
Avalanche is 4-1 in their last 5 vs. a team with a winning record.
Colorado is 4-1 in their last 5 Sunday games.
Under is 11-1 in Avalanche last 12 after allowing 2 goals or less in their previous game.
Under is 6-1 in Avalanche last 7 when their opponent allows 2 goals or less in their previous game.

Blues vs Avalanche Betting Picks

There will be no room for complacency from both squads so expect a grind-out battle on the ice. However, the Blues will be a little too eager in their return and it will lead to the Avalanche going for the jugular to notch their win on the seeding tournament. Expect a high scoring affair with Colorado’s composure prevailing over the defending Stanley Cup Champions.

Score Prediction: Blues 3, Avalanche 5.