*) , , . . . . . . . . . . (*_) . (*_) Colorado Avalanche and St. Louis Blues Predictions and Picks The Colorado Avalanche is trying to gain a 2-1 series advantage on the St. Louis. Although the Avalanche won Game One with a 3-2 win, Game Two was won by St. Louis Blues 4-1 thanks to two David Perron goals.
The Colorado Avalanche might have the best-rounded NHL roster. After a disappointing start to the regular season, they went 4-4-2 in 10 games. However, after that six-game win streak. After their first ten regular season games, Colorado won six straight. They finished the season second in league points and with the Western Conference’s most points.
The Avalanche continued their dominance in the regular season and advanced to the First Round. The Avalanche defeated the Wild Card Nashville Predators to sweep them. The Avalanche beat the Predators in Game Two by a score of 2-1 overtime. The only team that won the First Round was Colorado.
The Avalanche saw strong Playoff performances by Cale Makar and Gabriel Landeskog as well as Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Raantanen. Makar was Colorado’s top defenseman and could be considered Colorado’s most valuable player in the Playoffs. Makar is playing over 25 minutes a game and leads the Avalanche with ten points. Gabriel Landeskog is playing almost 20 minutes a game and has four goals and five assists. Nathan MacKinnon has been a shooting machine in the Playoffs; he has five goals on an insane 40 shots. Mikko Rantanen was known for his penchant to score and pass during the regular season, but he has remained focused on passing in the Playoffs. He has only taken 12 shots but is tied for the team lead with seven assists.
Darcy Kuemper is the most frequent player in the Colorado Playoffs. Kuemper gives up less than 2 goals per game, and has an. 923 save percentage. Kuemper will serve as Colorado’s x factor for the rest of the Playoffs.
The St. Louis Blues don’t have the same roster strength as the Avalanche. The Blues started strong, played well all season and lost only a few times.
Vladimir Tarasenko, Jordan Kyrou and Jordan Kyrou were the best St. Louis players throughout the season. But, Ryan O’Reilly and David Perron were the Blues’ best performers during the Playoffs. Perron leads the Blues in points (11) and goals (7), and Ryan O’Reilly is right behind him with ten points and six goals. Justin Faulk and Pavel Buchnevich have been equally productive during the Playoffs. Both have six assists and zero goals.
The Blues handed the goaltending duties to Jordan Binnington in the final two games. Binnington has struggled throughout the season, but is now only 1. 75 goals per game in the Playoffs.
The Avalanche is a better team, and they are hungry to win their second game. Their veteran team will help them win in St. Louis.
Head-to-Head: Colorado Avalanche vs St. Louis Blues
Colorado Avalanche Head-to-Head St. Louis Blues Jared Bednar Head Coach Craig Berube 56-19-7 (1st in Central Division) Standing 49-22-11 (3rd in Central Division) Leaders (Playoffs) Cale Makar (10) Points David Perron (11) Nathan MacKinnon (5) Goals David Perron (7) Cale Makar (7) Assists Pavel Buchnevich (6) Erik Johnson (6) +/- Colton Parayko (7) Nathan MacKinnon (6.7) Shots (Per Game) David Perron (4. 25)
Why Might the Colorado Avalanche Win?
The Colorado Avalanche can win this game by winning the First Round. They must also limit the Blues’ chances.
The Avalanche will be going to Enterprise Center where they will have to face loud Blues home fans. The home crowd should be quieted and they need to take the lead in the second period. The crowd will struggle to match their pregame energy if their team is losing after the first 20 minutes.
The Blues scored four goals on 32 shots in Game Two. 32 shots is not a ridiculous amount, but four goals is a problem. By limiting the Blues’ shots, the Avalanche must limit their scoring.
Why might the St. Louis Blues win?
The St. Louis Blues will be the underdogs, but they can win if the penalty-taking team does not score and the goal is scored.
The Blues are facing an Avalanche squad that is converting over 38% of their Playoff power-play attempts. The Avalanche will be unable to stop Colorado’s power play, and they may as well not commit penalties.
The Blues must score their first goal. Their home crowd will be enthralled and the atmosphere of this game will change.
Avalanche Key Player (RW Mikko Raantanen
Mikko Raantanen’s performance in the Playoffs was impressive, however, he has yet to score an goal. He is a skilled player who makes good passes. He must find the net during this game.
Blues Key Player: G. Jordan Binnington
If Jordan Binnington continues to play at this level, he’ll be the St. Louis starting goaltender through the rest of the Playoffs.
Binnington must bring his best for himself and his teammates. He must play well for his teammates to allow them to have a shot. If he does that, it will strengthen his spot in the Playoffs, possibly next season.
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How to Watch Colorado Avalanche vs St. Louis Blues
Colorado Avalanche vs St. Louis Blues Information What Colorado Avalanche vs St. Louis Blues Where Enterprise Center, St. Louis, Missouri When Saturday, May 21, 8: 00 PM EST How to Watch TNT