Colorado Avalanche at St. Louis Blues 12/29/2014 Free NHL Picks & Predictions
by Josh Schonwald - 12/28/2014
Monday, December 29, 2014 at 8:00 PM ET
Scottrade Center in St. Louis
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The Colorado Avalanche, who are 6-6-5 on the road this season, will be visiting the St. Louis Blues on Monday night. The Blues have been able to win two out of their three games against the Avs this season.
On Saturday night, the Avalanche had their three-game winning streak come to an end when the Chicago Blackhawks beat them 5-2 in Colorado. They didn't do well when on the penalty kill in that loss, allowing the Blackhawks to score on two of their four power play opportunities.
The Avs are currently near the bottom of the league in scoring, goals against and power play percentage. Their best offensive player has been veteran Alex Tanguay, who now has 12 goals and 12 assists in 33 games played. Netminder Semyon Varlamov has a 5-6-5 record with two shutouts, a .913 save percentage and a 3.01 GAA.
The Blues lost their fourth consecutive game on Saturday night when the Dallas Stars came into town and beat them 4-3. St. Louis lost despite winning the majority of the faceoffs and outshooting the Stars 33-24 on the night.
Through 35 games this year, the Blues are in the top five in the league in power play percentage and they are scoring right around three goals per game. Goalie Jake Allen has an 11-4-2 record with two shutouts and a .903 save percentage.
Colorado Avalanche Betting Trends
Colorado Avalanche are 13-22-0 Against the Spread
Colorado Avalanche are 17-16-0 against the Over/Under
St. Louis Blues Betting Trends
St. Louis Blues are 21-14-0 Against the Spread
St. Louis Blues are 15-8-0 against the Over/Under
Injuries to Watch
12/23/14 LW Patrick Bordeleau Knee expected to miss 8-10 weeks
12/05/14 C Ben Street Hand out indefinitely
12/01/14 C John Mitchell Leg out indefinitely
11/25/14 LW Jamie McGinn Back out for season
10/23/14 D Ryan Wilson Shoulder out for season
10/06/14 RW Jesse Winchester Concussion out indefinitely
St. Louis Blues
12/17/14 LW Jaden Schwartz Foot expected to miss 1-2 weeks
12/10/14 D Carl Gunnarsson Hip out indefinitely
11/25/14 GO Brian Elliott Knee out indefinitely
Josh's Pick: Take Colorado
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