St. Louis Blues and Colorado Avalanche will face each other in Game 2 of the Western Conference Semifinals in the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on Thursday night. Puck drop will be at 9:30 p.m. ET on TNT. Colorado leads this best-of-seven series against St. Louis 1-0.
The St. Louis Blues were one of the better teams in the Western Conference throughout the regular season.
St. Louis defeated the Minnesota Wild in six games back in Round 1. The Blues’ head coach is Craig Berube. St. Louis’s record against the spread during the regular season was 49-33.
The Colorado Avalanche were the best team in the Western Conference throughout the regular season and have won their first five games of these 2022 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Colorado swept the Nashville Predators in Round 1. The Avalanche’s head coach is Dave Bednar. Colorado’s record against the spread during the regular season was 40-42.
St. Louis Blues Looking To Play Better In Game 2
Ryan O’Reilly scored his sixth goal of the Stanley Cup Playoffs in Game 1 for the St. Louis Blues. He is one of the better offensive players on this hockey team. O’Reilly will need to play at a high level in this series.
Jordan Kyrou scored a power-play goal for St. Louis in Game 1. It was his fourth goal of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. He provides depth scoring for this hockey team, and Kyrou has been very good all season long for this hockey team.
Jordan Binnington made 51 saves in Game 1 for the Blues. He was the only reason why they had a chance to win it, and they will have to be much better in Game 2 around him. Binnington should be the projected starting goalie in this one.
Colorado Avalanche Playing Big
Josh Manson scored the game-winning goal 8:02 into the overtime session for the Colorado Avalanche in Game 1. He is a defenseman, and it was his first goal scored of these 2022 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs. Manson’s goal was assisted by Gabriel Landeskog, who recorded two assists in this hockey game (5).
Valeri Nichushkin scored his third goal of the Stanley Cup Playoffs for Colorado in Game 1. He continues to provide depth scoring for this hockey team. Nichuskin’s goal was assisted by Nathan MacKinnon (2), who has been all over the ice in this series.
Darcy Kuemper recorded 23 saves in Game 1 for the Avalanche. He was back after suffering an injury. Kuemper is projected to be the starting goalie in Game 2 for this hockey team.
Blues/Avalanche Betting Prediction
Colorado is favored by -1.5 goals against St. Louis in Game 2. The over/under goals total is set at 6.5.
The Colorado Avalanche will win Game 2 over the St. Louis Blues by a final score of 5-3.
Bet on Colorado to cover the -1.5 betting spread over St. Louis, and also bet on the over 6.5 total goals scored in this exciting NHL match!