The Colorado Avalanche are the only team that swept their opponent in the opening round of the Playoffs and will be fresh and rested when they host the St. Louis Blues in Game 1 of the Western Conference second round in Ball Center in Denver, CO, on May 17, 2022.
- Colorado Avalanche vs St. Louis Blues
- NHL – Western Conference Playoffs, Second Round, Game 1
- Date – 17/5/2022
- Starting time – 9.30 PM ET
- Venue: Ball Center, Denver, CO
Colorado Avalanche Stats & Form
The Colorado Avalanche came were considered the top contender to win the Stanley Cup entering the season but they didn’t have much success in the first two months of the season.
As the season progressed, the Avalanche took their form on another level and were the best team in the league for the second part of the season. That brought them to the top of the Western Conference with the second-best record in the entire NHL.
The Avalanche cruised past the Nashville Predators in the opening round and are well rested and ready for series opener against the Blues.
The Avalanche were eliminated in this stage of the Playoffs in the previous three seasons and now are definitely ready for a step forward.
Avalanche goaltender Darcy Kuemper will be back in net for Game 1 after a stick blade poked him around the eyelid through his mask May 7 in Nashville. He sat out Game 4 of the Predators series.
Colorado Avalanche News
Ryan Murray will not play for Colorado tonight.
St. Louis Blues Stats & Form
The St. Louis Blues were one of the biggest surprises during the regular season. They were quite lucky to get the Minnesota Wild in the opening playoff series since they have been dominating them in recent years.
That series didn’t start well for them but they managed to win in six games.
Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington was bumped from the No. 1 goalie job by Ville Husso earlier this season. But with Husso struggling against the Wild, Binnington found himself back in net for Game 4. All he did was go 3-0 and stop 83 of 88 shots.
Ryan O’Reilly, Vladimir Tarasenko and Perron all scored five goals in the series win over Minnesota. It’s just the 11th time in NHL history three teammates have had five or more goals in a series, according to NHL Stats.
St. Louis Blues News
Torey Krug will not play for the Blues tonight.
Colorado Avalanche vs St. Louis Blues Head-to-Head Stats
The Colorado Avalanche have won 6 of the last 7 and 7 of the last 10 games against the St. Louis Blues.
The last six and eight of the last ten games between these two rivals have ended with over 5.5 goals.
Colorado Avalanche vs St. Louis Blues Betting Odds
The Colorado Avalanche are favourites to defeat the St. Louis Blues with the odds at -140 for their win while the odds for the Blues’ win are at 306. The draw is set at 346.
The total goal margin is 6.5 with both -123 for over and 100 for under.
The St. Louis Blues and Colorado Avalanche will meet up in a rematch of last year’s first round matchup. Colorado got the sweep in that one, outscoring the Blues 20-7 in the series. The Avalanche are 5-0 straight up in home playoff games against the Blues and are hoping to keep that up in this Game 1.
With the Blues coming off their first playoff series win since hoisting the Stanley Cup in 2019, a little more resistance is expected in this year’s matchup. However, that resistance maybe wins a game or two instead of a clean sweep. This series will be one-way street and all that will start with a Game 1 win for Colorado.