Blues vs. Avalanche Game 1 Prediction

Blues vs. Avalanche Game 1, 5/17/22 NHL Playoffs Betting Predictions

Game 1 of the NHL Playoffs Western Conference Semifinals will take place in Denver, CO where the Stanley Cup-favored Avalanche will host the Blues at 9:30 p.m. ET. Even with the total sitting at 6.5, will tonight turn high-scoring?

Game Snapshot

021 St. Louis Blues (+198) at 022 Colorado Avalanche (-238); o/u 6.5

9:30 p.m. ET, Tuesday, May 17, 2022

St. Louis Blues DFS Spin

Vladimir Tarasenko scored a goal in a 5-1 win against Minnesota in Game 6 Thursday night. Tarasenko's goal came on the power play at 18:36 of the second period. It put St. Louis up 4-0 to help demoralize the Wild further as Minnesota headed towards elimination. Tarasenko has five goals and six points in six playoff games this year.

Colorado Avalanche DFS Spin

Darcy Kuemper practiced on Thursday and he is good to go for the next round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Coach Jared Bednar said after the session that Kuemper is back to 100 percent and there were no restrictions for the Avalanche netminder. He was expected to be ready for Round 2 of the postseason after he sat out Monday's first round series-clinching contest against Nashville because of swelling around his eye.

Blues vs. Avalanche Game 1 Betting Prediction

The over is a perfect 6-0 in the last six meetings between these two teams, is 13-2-1 in the Blues’ last 16 road games and has cashed in six of St. Louis’ last seven playoff games when the club is listed as the betting underdog. The over is also 38-13-1 in the Blues’ last 52 games versus an opponent with a winning record, is 20-8-2 in their last 30 games as a road underdog and 22-9-1 in their last 32 games overall. On the other side, the over is 5-2 in the Avalanche’s last seven games overall, is 16-6 in their last 22 playoff games when they’re favored and is 6-1-3 in their last 10 games playing on three or more days of rest.

NHL PLAYOFFS PREDICTION: BLUES/AVALANCHE OVER 6.5

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