Avalanche vs Blues Preview and Free Pick [10/21/2019]

Colorado (7-0-1-0) at St Louis (3-2-2-1)
When: Monday, October 21st, 2019
Where: Enterprise Center,
St Louis, Missouri
Time: 8:05 ET | TV: FS Midwest
Opening Odds: St Louis -115/6

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The St. Louis Blues didn’t come out of the gates with a Stanley Cup hangover, going 3-0-1 in their first four games, but are now in the middle of a four-game winless streak after back-to-back home losses. The Blues try and regroup on their four-game homestand when the host the NHL’s top team on Monday night. St. Louis surrendered three unanswered goals in the second period of Saturday’s 5-2 home loss to Montreal and the team has allowed 18 goals in the last four contests. They are chasing the red-hot Colorado Avalanche in the Central Division, who have not lost a regulation game yet (7-0-1) after a 6-2 win at Tampa Bay on Saturday. Colorado is currently on a six-game road trip and will have one more in Las Vegas on Friday. The Avalanche allowed 46 Lightning shots on Saturday but received a hat trick from Tyson Jost and took advantage of their opportunities in the victory to set a club record for most points through eight games. St. Louis took all four meetings in 2018-19, with three of them going past regulation.


The third line of Jost, J.T. Compher and Colin Wilson contributed eight points on Saturday, giving the Avs a lot of scoring depth early. Defenseman Ian Cole has only played four games this season, but already leads the NHL with a plus-10 rating after recording a minus-1 in 71 games last season. Mikko Rantanen has four multi-point performances in his first eight games and leads the team with 12 points – one more than superstar Nathan MacKinnon.

Conn Smythe Trophy winner Ryan O’Reilly started hot just like his team with seven points in his first four games, but has been kept off the scoresheet in the Blues last four losses. Brayden Schenn leads the team in goals (five) and points (eight) while David Perron scored his fourth goal in Saturday’s loss and is four points shy of 500 for his career. Vladimir Tarasenko has recorded a point in four straight contests, but owns a minus-4 rating on the season. Jordan Binnington is 0-1-2 in his last three games after earning at least one point while giving up seven goals in his first three starts.

I have to keep riding this Colorado team until they lose a game in regulation. St. Louis has hit the skids and are allowing too many goals lately. Take the Avs as a road dog here.

Pick: Avalanche +120