Blues vs Avalanche Game 5 Odds, Pick and Prediction
After the Blues held a 1-0 lead in the first period of Game 4, the Avalanche fought back and are now one win away from closing out the series. Oddsmakers believe they’ll do it at home with Colorado listed as -250 favorites in the Blues vs Avalanche Game 5 odds at BetMGM. Game time is set for 8:00 PM EST on Wednesday, May 25th, 2022 at Ball Arena in Denver.
Looking at it from a historical aspect, it’s clear why Colorado online sports betting markets list the Avalanche as such heavy favorites. Colorado has outshot St. Louis 149-108 and outscored them 16-8 through four games in this Conference Semifinal NHL Playoff series.
Let’s take a look at the Blues vs Avalanche Game 5 odds and break down other reasons as to why they are such big favorites in this elimination game.
Blues vs Avalanche Odds
|St. Louis Blues
|O 6.5 (-110)
|U 6.5 (-110)
Odds are courtesy of BetMGM
BetMGM, Caesars Sportsbook, BetRivers, and other online sportsbooks are offering Blues vs Avalanche odds. In what should be a close game, the NHL oddsmakers peg the Avs to win by two or more at +200.
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Avalanche Favored in NHL Playoff Odds to Close Out Series
The Avalanche continue to pour it on offensively as they lead the updated Stanley Cup odds of the seven remaining teams. The Avalanche are averaging 4.5 goals per game this series as they’ve boasted a 61.03 expected goals percentage through the playoffs.
The Avalanche have not seen Ville Husso at his best in this series. One of the top goalies from the NHL regular season is looking more like a backup these days.
This is easily his worst four-game stretch of the season posting a .844 SV% and 4.78 GAA. To put things into perspective, Husso’s worst month was in March, when he had 10 starts and posted a 3.11 GAA and .898 SV%. In an elimination game, I think we might see a different type of Ville Husso against this high-powered offensive attack.
Will St. Louis Continue to Struggle Offensively?
The fact of the matter is, the Blues got very unlucky with Jordan Binnington’s injury. He’s been one of the better goalies in the NHL Playoffs owning a 4.9 Goals Saved Above Expected rate. Meanwhile, Ville Husso has struggled as his replacement. Since replacing Binner, Husso has posted -2.43 and -2.55 Goals Saved Above Expected rates.
Not to mention the Blues’ offense has continued to slow down. In Game 3, the team posted a 4.68 Expected Goals rate in their lone win. However, St. Louis regressed in Game 4 and 5 posting a 2.23 and a 1.93 Expected Goal rates respectively.
Jordan Binnington was replaced in goal by Ville Husso after being injured on this play.
— The Athletic NHL (@TheAthleticNHL) May 22, 2022
St. Louis is listed at -125 on the puckline in the Blues vs Avalanche Game 5 odds. Despite them playing so poorly on the offensive end the last two games, away underdogs are 6-2 in the last seven days of the NHL Playoffs. This trend can easily be dismissed, but it’s definitely something bettors should note.
Blues vs Avalanche Game 5 Pick and Prediction
Although momentum has swung in Colorado’s favor since Jordan Binnington went down, I think the Blues can keep it close in a low-scoring game.
The best bets for this game in my eyes are Under 6.5 at -110 and St. Louis +1.5 at -125 in the Blues vs Avalanche odds at BetMGM. Canadian sports bettors can get these NHL odds at BetMGM Ontario, along with other sports betting lines.
Picks: Under 6.5 (-110) 1 unit, Blues +1.5 (-125) 1 unit
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