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Avalanche vs Blues Game 3 Picks and Odds

Brady Trettenero

by Brady Trettenero in NHL Hockey

May 20, 2022 · 6:13 PM PDT

Colton Parayko defending Nathan MacKinnon
May 19, 2022; Denver, Colorado, USA;St. Louis Blues defenseman Colton Parayko (55) and Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon (29) battle for the puck in the second period in game two of the second round of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Ball Arena. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports
  • The Colorado Avalanche and St. Louis Blues play Game 3 on Saturday, May 21st
  • The Avalanche are road favorites in the Game 3 Avalanche vs Blues odds
  • Read below for Avalanche vs Blues Game 3 picks and odds

The Colorado Avalanche vs St. Louis Blues Round 2 NHL Playoff series is tied 1-1 heading into Game 3 on Saturday, May 21st. Puck drop is 8pm ET at Enterprise Center. TNT will carry the broadcast.

Colorado is listed as road favorites in the Game 3 Avalanche vs Blues odds. The total is set at 6.5 despite the two clubs playing a lower-scoring affair in the previous meeting.

Let’s take a look at the Game 3 Avalanche vs Blues odds and offer you our betting pick.

Avalanche vs Blues Odds

Team Puck Line Total Moneyline
Colorado Avalanche -1.5 (+143) O 6.5 (-120) -165
St. Louis Blues +1.5 (-175) U 6.5 (-103) +138

Odds as of May 20th at Barstool Sportsbook

The Avalanche are listed on the puck line at +143 odds, while the Blues are available at -175 to keep the game within two goals.

With the series tied 1-1, Colorado is still listed as heavy -305 favorites in the Blues vs Avalanche series odds.

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Colorado vs St. Louis Betting Analysis

The Avalanche vs Blues series is tied 1-1 following an impressive 4-1 victory for the Blues in Game 2 on Thursday. David Perron scored twice to help St. Louis beat Colorado in the playoffs for the first time in nine postseason meetings.

While the Avalanche dominated Game 1 in all areas, the Blues had a really strong bounce-back effort Thursday. St. Louis had a 68.6 xGF% in Game 2 while Colorado had a 31.4 xGF%. Shots on goal were 32-31 in favor of the visitors.

Avalanche fans are likely hoping this loss serves as a wake-up call for the team.  Colorado had been dominating so far in the playoffs, posting a 5-0 record prior to Thursday. Oddsmakers aren’t pushing the panic button, as the Avs remain favored in the Stanley Cup odds.

Blues’ goalie Jordan Binnington had a strong 30-save showing Thursday and has quickly become the x-factor in this series. While the 28-year-old struggled during the regular season, he posted a .914 save percentage during the team’s 2019 Cup run.

Avalanche vs Blues Betting Trends

As the Avalanche vs Blues series shifts to St. Louis, there are some important betting trends to keep in mind. Colorado is 5-1 in their last six games following a home loss of three or more goals. Jared Bednar’s team is sure to respond after their worst loss of the postseason.

Even though St. Louis holds home-ice advantage for Game 3, they haven’t exactly thrived playing the Avalanche at Enterprise Center. Colorado has taken five of the past seven meetings in St. Louis, including a 4-3 victory during the regular season.

When it comes to the game total for Avalanche vs Blues, it’s set high in the NHL odds for a reason. Although the under cashed in Game 2, the over has hit in six of the last eight meetings between the two teams played in St. Louis.

Avalanche vs Blues Pick

Game 3 will be a defining moment for this Avalanche team. How they respond after their first loss of the postseason will reveal if this year is going to be different than previous seasons. The Avs haven’t made it past Round 2 since 2004.

Colorado has the talent to feel confident betting them to bounce back in Game 3. Even though the Blues were the better team Thursday, the Avalanche still have a 65 CF% at five-on-five in the series. They’ve also shown this season they can bounce back from tough losses.

Considering Colorado’s track record at Enterprise Center, their -165 moneyline price in the Saturday NHL odds is solid value. This will mark the first time in seven games in which the Avs aren’t a betting favorite of -200 or higher.

Nathan MacKinnon is yet to score in Round 2 despite registering 11 shots on goal through two games. Look for his line to take charge against the Blues in a pivotal Game 3 on Saturday.

Pick: Avalanche ML (-165)

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