Colorado Avalanche vs. St. Louis Blues -NHL Prediction

NHL Colorado vs St. Louis Blues Prediction 12/29/2023

The Colorado Avalanche (21-12-3) travel to face off against the St. Louis Blues (18-15-1) on Friday, December 29th. This game will be played at Enterprise Center in St. Louis. The Blues are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Avalanche are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Coyotes. Puck drop is set for 8:00 ET.

Colorado Avalanche vs St. Louis Blues

The Colorado Avalanche Look To Bounce Back From A Loss

This season, the Avalanche have put together an overall record of 21-12-3. When playing on the road, Colorado has gone 7-8-3, while their home record stands at 14-4-0. They are currently positioned 1st in the Western Central division and 3rd in the Western conference. Colorado’s average scoring margin for the season is +.6, resulting in an overall puck line record of 17-18. When playing at home their scoring margin is +1.6, whereas in away games, they are at -0.5.

Following a 5-4 loss on the road to the Coyotes, the Avalanche are eager to bounce back. Scoring-wise, the Avalanche put up one goal during the first period and three times in the second period. Of Colorado’s four goals, two were scored while in power play situations. Their game ended with 24 shots on goal and four giveaways.

In this game, Colorado was favored by -1.5, but they suffered a loss against the puck line. The teams surpassed the over/under line, which was set at 6.5 goals, with a combined total of 9 goals.

The St. Louis Blues Are Coming Off A Win

In their 34 games, the Blues have a 18-15-1 record this season. While playing at their home arena, they have a 11-5-0 record, and their record on the road is 7-10-1. At the moment, they hold the 6th spot in the Western Central division and are ranked 9th in the Western conference. St. Louis has 12 wins by more than one goals and dropped 15 games by multiple goals. Their overall puck line record is 18-16 this season.

In their most recent game, the Blues faced the Stars and came out victorious with a score of 2-1. In terms of offense, the Blues netted one goal during the opening period and one time in the second period. In the game, St. Louis managed to score all two goals at even strength. They concluded with 30 shots on goal and committed 9 turnovers.

Despite being the underdog, St. Louis managed to secure a win against the puck line in the game. Combining for 3 goals, the game finished below the over/under line of 6.5.

Colorado Offense Breakdown

On offense, the Avalanche are averaging 3.7 goals per game which is 2nd in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are 4th in the league. The Avalanche went 12-7 in games where they had more shots than their opponents. However, in games with fewer shots on goal, their record was 7-5.

This season, the over/under record for the Avalanche’s is 19-14-2. Over the course of the season, they have had 19 games that exceeded the over/under line of 6.5. On average, their games are averaging 6.8 goals per game.

St. Louis Offense Breakdown

The Blues come into the game scoring an average of 3 goals per game, putting them 24th in the NHL. Regarding shots targeted at the goal per game, they are 18th in the league. This season, the Blues are 8-6 when getting more shots on goal than their opponents. And in games with fewer shots on goal, they have a 9-8 record.

The Blues’ over/under record this season is 13-19-2. For the season, they have had 21 games failing to surpass this game’s over/under line of 6.5. Overall, their games are averaging 6.3 goals per game.

Colorado Team Defense

Defensively, the Avalanche are currently 20th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 29.2 shots per game against Colorado. They also are 23rd in shutouts, coming in with 1 shutouts.

St. Louis Team Defense

The Blues defense is currently 9th in goals allowed. Opponents are averaging 32.1 shots per game against St. Louis. In terms of shutouts, they come into the game ranked 16th with 2 shutouts.

Avalanche vs Blues Trends

  • In their last three games away from home, the Avalanche have a straight up record of 0-3 while going 0-3 vs. the spread. The team averaged 2 goals per game in this stretch.
  • In their last three games at home, the Blues have a straight up record of 1-2 while going 1-2 vs. the spread. The team averaged 2 goals per game in this stretch.
  • The Blues have played well in their last five games as the betting underdog, going 4-1 straight up and 4-1 against the spread.
  • In their last five games as the betting favorite, the Avalanche have a strong straight up record of 3-2. In addition, their puck line record was 3-2 in these scenarios.

Avalanche vs Blues Prediction

For a moneyline bet, I’m backing the Blues to secure a victory over the Avalanche at home. With the moneyline currently set at +136, I’m locking in my bet on the Blues straight-up.

If you’re looking to get a bet down on this matchup, we foresee the Blues winning the underdog. However, if you’re not as confident in the Blues straight-up, we’d still recommend placing a bet on them to cover the puck line.

If you’re looking at the over/under line set at 6.5 goals, our prediction is that this game will exceed that mark, and we strongly advise placing a bet on the over.

All odds are courtesy of Action247 Sportsbook. Good luck!!

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