Pick and Prediction for Blues vs. Avalanche Game 2 – May 19th (2022)

| May 19, 2022 8:43 am PDT

The Colorado Avalanche took the series lead after their 3-2 win in overtime on Tuesday. St. Louis will be looking to even up the series, but they have a very tough challenge ahead of them. Colorado remains the home team for Game 2 and has looked dominant in the playoffs so far.

They swept the Nashville Predators in Round 1 and were able to rest for an entire week before Game 1. The Blues made things interesting but they weren’t able to get the job done in overtime.

Game 2 could be an entirely different story, but things should still be close. Let’s take a look at the Blues vs. Avalanche odds for Thursday’s Game 2.

Blues vs. Avalanche Odds for Game 2

Sportsbook Welcome Bonus Blues Odds Avalanche Odds Site Review
BetOnline 60% up to $1,000 +201 -225 Visit BetOnline
Bovada 50% up to $250 +200 -240 Visit Bovada
BetUS 125% up to $2,500 +200 -240 Visit BetUS

After winning Game 1 of this series, the Colorado Avalanche moved to 5-0 in this year’s playoffs. It isn’t a surprise to see them favored to win Game 2 by a good margin. The Avalanche’s 56-19-7 record in the regular season was second-best in the NHL.

St. Louis on the other hand went 49-22-11 on the year, which was 9th best. Colorado also was even more dominant on their home ice at 32-5-4. The Blues went 23-12-6 on the road, which is more than respectable.

Even though the Avalanche are heavily favored to win this game, you can’t underestimate St. Louis right now. They are very capable of evening up the series, despite being on the road.

These two teams faced off three times in the regular season as well, with the Avalanche winning 2 out of the 3. You can find these odds on the best betting sites for the NHL, so head over there to place your bets for this game.

With that being said let’s take a closer look at the matchup for Thursday.

Blues vs. Avalanche Matchup Preview for Thursday

You can get a lot of information out of previous matchups earlier this season. The Avalanche moved to 3-1 over St. Louis in the regular season and postseason and they remain the home team. They definitely should be looked at as the team with a higher chance of winning.

Upsets are very possible as you know by now though. The Blues will have to improve in certain spots, but they were within striking distance in Game 1 but came up short. Jordan Binnington played out of his mind in the loss for the Blues.

He had an incredible 51 saves, but it wasn’t enough to get the job done. St. Louis will have to do a better job defensively and put more pressure on Colorado’s defense.

The good news for the Avalanche is that they were able to outshoot St. Louis 54 to 25. That’s a massive shot difference in Game 1, so that game could have been easily won by Colorado if it wasn’t for Binnington’s lights out performance.

A big reason why they were able to get so many shots is because they won 64.2% of faceoffs and had 3 power play opportunities. They weren’t able to cash in on the power play chances, but it kept St. Louis out of their zone long enough for the win.

Ryan O’ Reilly had 12 faceoff wins for St. Louis, but no other player had more than 4.

The Blues didn’t play bad by any means in Game 1, but they are going to have to be even better in Game 2.

Same Game Parlay for Blues vs. Avalanche

Jordan Binnington Over 32.5 Saves-115
Nathan McKinninon Over 5.5 Shots-105
Mikko Rantanen Over 3.0 Shots-115
Ryan O’Reilly Over 2.5 shots+110

Before we get into the official Blues vs. Avalanche betting pick for Game 2, I have a 4-leg Same Game Parlay to consider as well. A $100 bet would cash into $1333.06 if all legs hit on Bovada.

After getting more than 50 saves in Game 1, it shouldn’t come as a surprise to hit the over for Jordan Binnington’s saves again. He’s been on fire since getting the starting job back, so we can ride the hot hand here. The Avalanche should have a strong chance of outshooting the Blues again, so Binnington can have a big game again.

Speaking of the Avalanche outshooting the Blues, how about Nathan McKinnon’s 8 shots on goal performance in Game 1? He leads the Avalanche in shots this year and they should have another strong chance to give him more opportunities here.

You can apply the same knowledge to the Avalanche’s second shot taker in Mikko Rantanen. He got 4 shots in Game 1 and could get around the same in this one. He’s been on a bit of a cold streak recently, but there’s so many opportunities to go around for Colorado.

Ryan O’Reilly has been a bit more aggressive down the stretch for the Blues. He’s gotten a lot of more shots up and was able to get 5 in Game 1. He’s also scored a goal in 5 straight games and 10 in the last 9 games as well. You can add in a goal for him at (+240) odds if you think he continues his hot streak.

Blues vs. Avalanche Pick for Game 2 – 5/19/2022

Pick
  • Under 6.5 Goals
    +105

After all, I find the under 6.5 goals with plus odds the most intriguing bet for this game. The Avalanche absolutely dominated the shots on goal category in Game 1. If they do that again, they should be able to win this game rather easily.

They came out a little slow in the first period, but they came roaring back in the 2nd, 3rd, and overtime periods. Colorado must feel unstoppable right now, but overconfidence can be something that hurts them in this game.

The reason why I think the under is a good target is because they technically played 4 periods in Game 1 and they finished with 5 combined goals. Jordan Binnington has been incredible since getting the starting job back, so it’s hard to say if Colorado can get a 2 goal lead on them.

I also don’t trust St. Louis ability to score given Colorado’s puck possession dominance in their first matchup. The Blues +1.5 puck line makes sense here as well, but Colorado’s moneyline doesn’t seem appetizing at (-240) odds.

Be sure to head back to our hockey picks page for more recommended bets in this year’s playoffs.

Anthony Haage
Anthony Haage

Anthony is a sports writer for GamblingSites.com covering the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, and more. He also covers other various topics such as entertainment, general sports betting tips, and more.

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