Prediction for Blues vs. Avalanche Game 5 – May 25th (2022)
The St. Louis Blues are on their final life as they head on the road for Game 5 of the Conference Semifinals. It’ll be tough to avoid elimination as the Colorado Avalanche have been the team to beat all year.
Colorado has had playoff heartbreak in the last few years, but they’re in a great position to make their first Conference Finals appearance. Can they close the deal in Game 5, or will St. Louis force a Game 6?
Let’s see how the sportsbooks are judging Game 5.
Blues vs. Avalanche Odds for May 25th
|Sportsbook||St. Louis Blues||Colorado Avalanche||Bonus Offered||Visit Site|
|Bovada||(+210)||(-250)||50% up to $250||Visit Bovada|
|BetOnline||(+218)||(-245)||60% up to $1,000||Visit BetOnline|
|BetUS||(+220)||(-260)||125% up to $2,500||Visit BetUS|
|MyBookie||(+200)||(-250)||100% up to $1,000||Visit MyBookie|
The Colorado Avalanche are going home with a chance to advance to the Western Conference Finals. It’s no surprise that the best NHL sportsbooks have them as a big favorite. Can the St. Louis Blues avoid elimination?
The betting trends are in St. Louis’ favor. They covered in six of their first eight games, including the first two games of his series. Colorado has turned it around, winning Games 3 and 4 by six goals.
Games 1 and 2 featured five goals, but Colorado has hit that mark on their own in the last two games. Which way will the goal total go in Game 5?
Blues goalie Jordan Binnington will miss the remainder of the series after a collision in Game 3 with Nazem Kadri. Colorado won’t have Samuel Girard after breaking his sternum in Game 3
Blues vs. Avalanche Preview
Everyone knew the Colorado Avalanche entered the 2022 playoffs as the best team. We’ve seen this story before as they’ve struggled to advance past the second round. This season, the Avalanche aren’t messing around.
Colorado is 7-1 in the postseason, with their offense firing on all cylinders. Nathan MacKinnon and Cale Makar entered the second round as favorites for the 2022 Stanley Cup Finals MVP. Surprisingly, neither player has scored in this series.
Nazem Kadri took a lot of unwarranted criticism following his role in Jordan Binnington’s collision. However, he responded with a great performance in Game 4.
- 3 goals
- 1 assist
- 4 points
It will be tough for the St. Louis Blues to fight back into this series. Their offense hasn’t been the issue, as they’ve scored 3+ goals in three of the four games. They’ve had a tough time slowing down Colorado’s offense.
Binnington’s injury put a damper on their hopes of another Stanley Cup run. Binnington was the Blues’ top player in Games 1 and 2 of this series.
Backup goalie Ville Husso recorded a shutout to open the playoffs. However, we haven’t seen him come close to replicating that performance.
- Game 2 (Wild): 5 goals allowed
- Game 3 (Wild): 4 goals allowed
- Game 3 (Avalanche): 4 goals allowed
- Game 4 (Avalanche): 5 goals allowed
I understand the Avalanche have many weapons on offense, but you can’t allow four goals and expect to win many games. Colorado is doing this without MacKinnon and Makar playing up to their potential.
The Blues will need more from Husso if they want to win Game 5. He has to at least give St. Louis’ offense a chance to compete with Colorado. Can he turn things around?
Blues vs. Avalanche Same Game Parlay
- Gabriel Landeskog Over 0.5 Points (-200)
- Valeri Nichushkin Over 2.5 Shots on Goal (-154)
- Pavel Buchnevich Over 0.5 Points (-132)
Honestly, there isn’t much value available for my Game 5 same game parlay. Hopefully, the lower odds will give a better chance of earning a profit.
The Colorado Avalanche have so many weapons it’s easy to forget about Gabriel Landeskog. Landeskog recorded 59 points in the regular season and has five goals and five assists through eight playoff games.
Landeskog has been especially impressive at home. Going back to the regular season, he has at least one point in six of his last seven home games. Game 4 was the first time he didn’t record a point in this series. He should bounce back with Colorado at home.
Valeri Nichushkin is another Avalanche player that doesn’t earn enough respect. He had 25 goals and 27 assists in the regular season. We’ve seen his shot total rise at home in the playoffs.
- Game 1 (Predators): 3 shots
- Game 2 (Predators): 7 shots
- Game 1 (Blues): 4 shots
- Game 2 (Blues): 3 shots
Nichushkin has cleared 2.5 shots on goal in 11 of his last 12 home games. He also hit that mark in six of his eight playoff games.
The St. Louis Blues need someone to step up if they want to win Game 5. Pavel Buchnevich has a good chance to be that player.
He failed to record a point in Game 1, but Buchnevich has achieved that mark in three straight games. That stretch includes a pair of assists in St. Louis’ 4-1 victory in Game 2. He also had a point in two regular-season matchups against Colorado.
Can he help the Blues win Game 5?
Blues vs. Avalanche Pick
The Colorado Avalanche are heading back home with a chance to advance to the Western Conference Finals. Honestly, that should be enough to back them for Game 5.
Truthfully, there’s no complex reason to pick Colorado. They’ve simply been the better team. Colorado has been the best team in the playoffs as they pursue the Stanley Cup. They’ll move one step closer with a Game 5 victory.
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