NHL Free Pick | Avalanche at Blues
Game: Colorado Avalanche (17-9-5, 18-13 ATS) vs. St. Louis Blues (11-14-4, 13-16 ATS)
When: 8:00 PM ET, Friday, December 14th, 2018
Where: Enterprise Center, St. Louis, Missouri
Current Line: COL -115 | -1.5+225 STL -105 | +1.5-265 Total: 6.5
TV Coverage: Altitude2, FS Midwest
Two Central Division rivals tangle when the Colorado Avalanche travel to St. Louis to play the Blues. These two played a couple weeks ago on November 30th, with the Blues going into the Mile High City and walking away with a 3-2 overtime victory.
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In their last 3 games, the Blues have sandwiched a 6-1 loss to the Canucks with big wins over the Jets and Panthers. Even with those wins, the Blues are still only 4-8 SU in their last 12, and 1-4 ATS in their last 5. On top of that, St. Louis is only 2-5 SU in their last 7 home games, however, they are 10-3 SU in their last 13 against the Avs.
The Avs are playing great this season, especially their top line of Landeskog, McKinnon and Rantanen. Rantanen currently leads the league in points with 52, followed by McKinnon and Kucherov with 47. Landeskog is 13th with 38.
The Avalanche are coming off two straight losses for the first time since they lost 5 in a row starting the end of October. They have the second most road wins with 11, only trailing the Toronto Maple Leafs who have 12 victories away from home.
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To go along with their 11-6-2 road record, the Avs also have been covering the puck line away from Denver. They are 12-7 ATS on the road, and are 11-1-5 over all when entering the game as the favorite.
Expect the Avalanche to come out flying in this one and get back on track against the bottom-feeding Blues. It’s no secret the Blues have had the Avs number, but watch for Colorado to end their losing skid tonight. Take the Avs moneyline tonight.
NHL Free Pick: Colorado Avalanche -115
Free Pick by Joe Berra
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