St. Louis Blues will take on the Colorado Avalanche in Game 4 of the NHL Western Conference Semi-Finals on Monday evening. The hosts look forward to bouncing back after the latest defeat and winning on the home ice. The away side searches for another road win that could bring them very close to the next round.
St. Louis couldn’t build up on the performance in Game 2 and take the lead in the series. However, they will have another chance to celebrate in front of their fans on Monday evening. On the other hand, Colorado managed to get back the home-ice advantage after beating their rivals in the previous match. They want to repeat that performance to get very close to the conference finals.
St. Louis Blues – Can they celebrate at home?
The Blues surprised their rivals in the second match of the series with a road win, but they couldn’t repeat that on the home ice. Therefore, they missed the chance to take the lead in the series and get the opportunity for the 3rd win. Although they scored first in the game, the rivals entered the third period with a 3-2 advantage. St. Louis conceded two more goals in the final third for a 5-2 defeat. The Blues had more shots on the opponent’s goal and won more faceoffs, but they were not clinical enough in front of the rival’s net.
Ryan O’Reilly has been the most efficient in the Blues’ offense during the post-season with 12 points, including a team-high seven goals. David Perron has also scored seven goals and produced a total of eleven points. Pavel Buchnevich and Vladimir Tarasenko have chipped in with seven pts each, while Jordan Kyrou and Justin Faulk have contributed to St. Louis’s offense with six points apiece. Jordan Binnington has spent more time between the pipes with six appearances, allowing 1.72 goals per match and having a .949 save percentage.
Expected Line-Up: Jordan Binnington, Torey Krug, Colton Parayko, Ivan Barbashev, Pavel Buchnevich, Jordan Kyrou
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Colorado Avalanche – Will they get back home with another road win?
Although they had a slower start to this series, the Avalanche got back the home-ice advantage with the latest success. They booked a 5-2 victory on Saturday evening and took a 2-1 lead in this series. However, the Avs had four shots less toward the opponent’s goal and also won six faceoffs less. Nevertheless, they turned around the result after trailing 1-0 and controlled the match until the end. Colorado stabilized its game, and they will search for another success to grab a chance to secure a place in the finals in front of their fans.
Cale Makar has produced the highest number of points for the Avs in the playoffs, topping the charts with 11 pts. Gabriel Landeskog has reached the 10-point margin, while Mikko Rantanen has a team-high nine assists. Nathan MacKinnon has also chipped in with nine pts, while Nazem Kadri has contributed to Colorado’s offense with six points. Regarding the goaltending, Darcy Kuemper has made six apps and has a solid .926 save percentage, allowing 1.99 goals per contest.
Expected Line-Up: Darcy Kuemper, Erik Johnson, Cale Makar, Nazem Kadri, Andre Burakovsky, Nathan MacKinnon
Expert Pick #1 – Colorado Avalanche to win @-160
The Avalanche got its confidence back after the latest win, and the pressure will be on the home side. Although it’s tempting to take the hosts at a favorable price, I’ll stick to Colorado to win and book their third victory in this series. Therefore, I’ll back the hosts as my first pick.
Expert Pick #2 – Under 6.5 @-105
It is going to be a physical match, and I expect a pretty tight battle on Monday evening. The margin in the totals market is quite high, and I don’t think these two sides will produce more than six goals in total. I’ll go with the Under as my second bet.
Expert Pick #3 – Avalanche to win & Both to Score @+103
Neither side should keep the clean sheet, and I’ll combine that with Colorado to win to get the plus money odds. It will be my second alternative for this matchup, and this pick could bring us decent returns.