The Colorado Avalanche are now up 2-1 in the series against the St. Louis Blues, but the job is far from over. The Blues are still very much capable of turning things around, as they look to ensure that another game will be played at Enterprise Center beyond Game 4. Check out our preview below of this Avs vs. Blues 2022 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs showdown.
Betting Preview for the Colorado Avalanche vs St. Louis Blues 2022 Playoffs Round 2 Game 4 on May 23, 2022
Where: Enterprise Center, St. Louis
When: Monday, May 23, 2022, 9:30 PM ET
TV Broadcast: TNT
Betting on the Colorado Avalanche (odds)
Regular Season Record: 56-19-7
The Avs gained the series lead anew with a commanding 5-2 victory on the road in Game 3 Saturday night. Colorado took advantage of Blues goalie Jordan Binnington exiting the contest in the first period, as the Avs scored all their goals after that. Artturi Lehkonen struck twice for this first career multi-goal game in the postseason to show the way for the Avalanche, while Darcy Kuemper put up a stead performance patrolling the crease for the team, rejecting 29 of 31 shots from the Blues. If Binnington misses Game 4, that would be a big plus for Colorado, which has posted a 58.33 GF% and 54.45 xGF% so far in the second round of the 2022 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs. Talented defenseman Cale Makar posted an assist in Game 3, giving him solo lead again for the most points in the playoffs among blueliners this postseason.
The Avs are 5-1 in their last 6 opposite a team with a winning record.
Betting on the St. Louis Blues (odds)
Regular Season Record: 49-22-11
Game 3’s loss to Colorado was a punch to the gut for the Blues, who played most of the contest with a backup goalie in front of their net. With Binnington leaving the game in the first period, the Blues were forced to send Ville Husso to take care of business. He was not able to do that, though, as he gave up four goals on 23 shots. Binnington is said to be dealing with a lower-body injury, and if he can’t go in Game 4, Husso, who’s surrendered 13 goals in his last three playoff appearances, will likely get the start. That’s a screaming warning for St. Louis’ offense to wake up. The Blues will have to get their offense going to make things comfortable for Husso. Ryan O’Reilly leads the Blues in the playoffs with 12 points, while David Perron and Vladimir Tarasenko have 1 and 7 points, respectively.
The Blues are 7-1 in their last 8 Monday games.
The Avs win, 4-3.
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