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Avalanche vs. Blues prediction, odds: 2022 Stanley Cup playoff picks, Game 6 best bets from proven NHL expert

The St. Louis Blues have another opportunity to stave off elimination in the 2022 Stanley Cup playoffs when they host the Colorado Avalanche in Game 6 on Friday. Craig Berube’s team rallied out of a 3-0 hole in Game 5 to emerge victorious in a 5-4 overtime win at Pepsi Center. The Avs won’t go down quietly, however, showing earlier in this series that they respond to losses by heavily outscoring their opponent.

Puck drop from Enterprise Center is set for 8 p.m. ET. Caesars Sportsbook lists Colorado as the -170 favorite (risk $170 to win $100), while St. Louis is the +145 underdog in the latest Avalanche vs. Blues odds. The over-under for goals is set at 6.5. Before making any Blues vs. Avalanche picks, check out the Game 6 predictions from NHL insider Matt Severance.

Severance is a well-connected writer and handicapper who has worked in the industry since 2005. He’s SportsLine’s top NHL handicapper, going 127-65-4 in his last 196 NHL picks, returning over $2,800 for $100 players.

Now, the expert has set his sights on Blues vs. Avs in this 2022 Stanley Cup playoffs matchup. You can visit SportsLine now to see his picks. Here are the latest NHL odds from and trends for Avs vs. Blues: 

  • Avalanche vs. Blues money line: Colorado -170, St. Louis +145
  • Avalanche vs. Blues over-under: 6.5 goals
  • Avalanche vs. Blues puck line: Colorado -1.5 (+145)
  • Avalanche vs. Blues tickets: See tickets at StubHub
  • COL: Nathan MacKinnon is third among all skaters with eight goals in the 2022 Stanley Cup playoffs.
  • STL: David Perron is second among all skaters with nine goals in the 2022 Stanley Cup playoffs.

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Why you should back the Avalanche

Colorado has a perfect 4-0-0 record on the road in these playoffs going back to their first-round sweep of the Nashville Predators. After falling 4-1 to the Blues in Game 2, the Avs responded by winning Games 3 5-2 and Game 4 6-3 — two high-scoring victories that came at Enterprise Center.

St. Louis Blue goaltender Ville Husso, meanwhile, has struggled. He has surrounded at least four goals in five straight games, dating back to the last series. 

Why you should back the Blues

Berube’s team doesn’t go down without a fight, and they made that very clear in Game 5 when they rallied to stave off elimination. One thing the Blues have had going for them going back to the regular season is their depth scoring. In Game 5, St. Louis got two goals from second-liner Robert Thomas as well as contributions from bottom-six players Jordan Kyrou and Brayden Schenn. Rookie forward Alexei Toropchenko even tallied an assist after being pointless and at a minus-1 for his previous four games.

St. Louis is at its most effective when it is more physical than its opponent. The Blues out-hit the Avs 47-31 in Game 5, which played a role in slowly down Colorado’s speedy attack. That physicality will be needed to help support Husso.

How to make Blues vs. Avalanche picks

For Game 6 of this best-of-seven series, Severance is leaving over on the goal total which is 6.5. He has also identified a critical x-factor that has him jumping all over one side of the money line. You can only get the pick at SportsLine.

So who wins Avalanche vs. Blues? And which side of the money line has all the value? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the Blues vs. Avalanche money line on Friday, all from the expert with his finger on the pulse of the 2022 Stanley Cup playoffs.

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