May 23, 05:00 p.m., Enterprise Center
Avalanche on verge on sweep
The Avalanche are just too deep for St. Louis to contend with. Colorado relied on the top line of Nathan MacKinnon, Gabriel Landeskog and Mikko Rantanen in the first two games of the series. But what makes them more dangerous is they have turned to their depth scoring.
Ryan Graves had a goal and two assists while Alex Newhook scored his first NHL goal on Friday. Brandon Saad and Tyson Jost scored the other Colorado goals.
They didn’t need Nazem Kadri, who didn’t play after the league announced during the first intermission that Kadri has received an eight-game suspension for an illegal check to the head of St. Louis defenseman Justin Faulk in Game 2 on Wednesday.
Kadri will miss the rest of this series and the start of the second round should the Avalanche advance. He was replaced in the lineup by Carl Soderberg, who had an assist in 8:59 of ice time.
Philipp Grubauer made 31 saves (.969 save percentage) for the Avalanche while Jordan Binnington made 21 saves (.840 save percentage) for St. Louis. Binnington will have to step up his game in order to give his team the chance to win even one playoff game.
The Blues outhit Colorado 46-20. But it seems not even out-hitting Colorado is enough to slow them down.
Ryan O’Reilly has been a disappointment in this series. He has only one assist in three games. In all, the Blues have scored only five goals in three games. I don’t see them coming back at all.
For my BetPicks, I am looking at Puck Line, the Money Line and the Over/Under markets.
When I’m making my Picks and predictions, I often like to project a final score. I like Colorado 4-2 on Game 4 on Sunday.
The NHL game odds favor Colorado (-1.5) on the Puck Line (+129) with 10Bet. If you think the Avs can win by at least two goals, you will win $129 on a $100 bet.
I like those odds. But a safer bet is taking St. Louis (+1.5) on the Puck Line (-164) with the implied odds suggesting a 62% chance of the Blues either winning or losing by less than two goals.
On the Money Line, I like Colorado Straight Up (-200) with 10Bet. If you think St. Louis can win a game in this series, maybe now is your chance to play the underdog (+160) for a bigger risk and bigger reward with 10Bet ($100 bet wins $160).
The Over/Under (6.0) is a coin flip. Both are listed at -112 with 10Bet.
BET ON COLORADO TO WIN