Blues vs Avalanche Odds & Picks – Best Bet for Saturday Afternoon Hockey
- The St. Louis Blues (23-23-3) visit the Colorado Avalanche (26-18-3) to kick off the Saturday afternoon NHL slate
- Colorado are home favorites after seeing their six-game win streak come to a halt on Thursday
- See the Blues vs Avalanche odds ahead of puck drop from Ball Arena at 3:00 pm ET
Now that Nathan MacKinnon has been back in the Avalanche’s lineup for nearly a month, Colorado is finally showing off that championship pedigree.
The defending champs lost five of MacKinnon’s first six games. Then they were unstoppable, winning six-straight. Their only hiccup was Thursday night’s 5-3 loss to the Ducks.
Now the St. Louis Blues have the unenviable task of trying to knock the Avs off. St. Louis dropped their third in a row on Thursday, and are looking like prime sellers ahead of the NHL’s Trade Deadline.
Blues vs Avalanche Odds
|Game Time (ET)||Team||Puck Line||Total||Moneyline|
|Saturday, January 28th||St. Louis Blues||+1.5 (-140)||Ov 6.0 (-130)||+185|
|3:00 PM||Colorado Avalanche||-1.5 (+110)||Un 6.0 (+100)||-230|
Odds as of January 27th from Caesars Sportsbook. Be sure to check out the Caesars Sportsbook promo code ahead of puck drop.
It’s no surprise that the Avalanche come into Saturday as heavy favorites. If the NHL standings weren’t enough of a hint, the Stanley Cup Odds are. The Avs sit second despite being in the thick of the Wild Card race. The Blues? They’re 12th from the bottom at +9500.
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Colorado was an easy cover at the start of their winning streak. Not only did they hit the 1.5, but they won all four games by three goals. They had to work for the last two of that stretch, winning one in a shootout, and then downing the Capitals 3-2,.
St. Louis Blues Betting Outlook
It has not been the year St. Louis envisioned.
They lost two and then won two before their current three-game slide. Their season was really done in by a ten game stretch crossing November and December when they went 2-7-1. They followed that up with a four game winning streak, but then eked out a single win over their next five.
Blues Last Five Games
|Opponent||Final Score||Blues Moneyline||Over/Under|
|Jan 26 @ ARZ||5-0 ARZ||-155||6.5|
|Jan 24 vs BUF||5-3 BUF||-137||6.5 (Over)|
|Jan 21 vs CHI||5-3 CHI||-275||6.5 (Over)|
|Jan 19 vs NSH||5-2 STL||+104||5.5 (Over)|
|Jan 16 vs OTT||2-1 STL||-104||6.5 (Under)|
The last three games really sting. Favored in all three, the Blues have been outscored 15-6.
At least the Blues have been getting outstanding production out of their young stars. Entering Thursday, Jordan Kyrou had scored 25 goals in 45 games, playing at a point-per-game pace.
Can we talk about how bad the St. Louis Blues are? You're getting torched by my Coyotes, you know the team trying to tank for Bedard?
— DekeSlayer (@DekeSlayer) January 27, 2023
Robert Thomas has been exceptional as well. He had 31 assists over his first 47 games, sitting in the top 30 across the league.
Colorado Avalanche Betting Outlook
MacKinnon’s output over Colorado’s six game winning streak was almost unmatched.
Outside of being held scoreless against Seattle, MacKinnon had three two point games and one four pointer. If there’s a drawback, it’s the fact he scored just one goal over those six games.
Avalanche Last Five Games
|Opponent||Final Score||Blues Moneyline||Over/Under|
|Jan 26 vs ANA||5-3 ANA||-155||6.5|
|Jan 24 vs WSH||3-2 COL||-132||5.5 (Under)|
|Jan 21 @ SEA||2-1 (SO) COL||-111||6.5 (Under)|
|Jan 20 @ VAN||4-1 COL||-146||6.5 (Under)|
|Jan 18 @ CGY||4-1 COL||+122||6.5 (Under)|
Despite their high-powered offense, the Avalanche haven’t been kind to the over. All three games on their run through Calgary, Vancouver and Seattle went under. Then the books caught up and shaved a goal off against the Capitals…but who could have seen a 3-2 game coming?
I didn't realize in real time what a phenomenal play this was by Nathan MacKinnon until seeing this angle.
Incredible vision by MacKinnon. pic.twitter.com/BIADkSXCiC
— Robert Munnich (@RingOfFireCGY) January 19, 2023
Sure he’s only played in 35 games but, somewhat amazingly, MacKinnon has 53 points. He’s also just seven points behind Mikko Rantanen for the team lead. Rantanen scored twice on Thursday, giving him 34 goals in 47 games.
Cale Makar has also continued to prove he’s one of the best young blueliners in the league. He’s put up 44 points in 43 games while averaging 27 minutes a night.
Blues vs Avalanche Pick
The Avalanche are humming right now, and even if they can’t force their way back into the Central Division race, they can aim to avoid a Wild Card spot.
You can look at MacKinnon’s five game goal drought one of two ways: his struggles will continue against the Blues or…he’s due.
Count us among the optimists.
Blues vs Avalanche Same Game Parlay
|Colorado Avalanche -1.5||+110|
|Nathan MacKinnon to score||+118|
When it comes to St. Louis, the only thing anyone seems to be wondering lately is where the currently-injured Ryan O’Reilly will end up.
Colorado’s too good right now. Expect them to cover on Saturday afternoon.
The Pick: Colorado Avalanche -1.5 (+110); 1 unit
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