May 21, 2022; St. Louis, Missouri, USA; Colorado Avalanche center Nazem Kadri (91) collides with St. Louis Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington (50) during the first period in game three of the second round of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Enterprise Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports
- The Colorado Avalanche are -160 road favorites over the St Louis Blues in Game 4 of their Stanley Cup Western Conference semifinal on Monday, May 23
- St Louis goalie Jordan Binnington and Colorado defenseman Samuel Girard were both injured in Game 3 and are out for the remainder of the series
- Below, see the Game 4 Avalanche vs Blues odds and picks
As they prepare to play host to the Colorado Avalanche in Game 4 of their Stanley Cup Western Conference semifinal, it’s deja vu all over again for the St Louis Blues.
St Louis is down 2-1 to the Avs. They are playing Game 4 at home and they’ve switched goalies.
In the opening round against Minnesota, St Louis rallied from 2-1 down to win the series in six games. But oddsmakers aren’t counting on a repeat performance.
It’s the Avalanche who are set as -160 road favorites in Game 4. The Blues are a solid 55-36 (60.4%) at covering the puckline this season.
Avalanche vs Blues Odds
|Colorado Avalanche||-1.5 (+145)||O 6.5 (-115)||-160|
|St Louis Blues||+1.5 (-170)||U 6.5 (-105)||+140|
Odds as of May 22nd at Caesars Sportsbook.
The puck is slated to drop at 9:30 pm ET at the Enterprise Center on Monday, May 23. TNT is carrying the broadcast.
Colorado vs St Louis NHL Betting Trends
Given their favorite’s moneyline of -160, Colorado is showing an implied probability of victory of 61.54% in the NHL betting line. Bet 10 on the Avs and you’ll earn a payout of $16.30 if they are successful in beating the Blues in Game 4.
As far as the public NHL betting trends are going, they are showing mixed emotions when it comes to Game 4. Spread bettors are aligning heavily with St Louis. There’s 84% of the bets placed against the spread on the Blues at +1.5 However, the moneyline splits display 61% of the plays are on the Avalanche at -160 odds. Two of three games in this series have gone under and 86% of the public bets on the Game 4 total are on the Under (6.5).
A big night for Artturi Lehkonen.
He scores two goals and the Colorado Avalanche defeat the St. Louis Blues 5-2 to take a 2-1 series lead. #NHL #StanleyCup #GoAvsGo #stlblues pic.twitter.com/Qnu2Bx6XaL
— For Future Considerations (@PodcastFFC) May 22, 2022
Colorado forward Artturi Lehkonon scored twice for Colorado in Game 4. Those were his first playoff tallies since Game 6 of the 2021 Eastern Conference semfinal for Montreal. Nathan MacKinnon, Gabriel Landeskog and Mikko Rantanen combined on a goal for the 14th time, tying an Avs postseason record.
Avalanche defenseman Cale Makar collected an assist to record the 42nd playoff point of his NHL career in his 42nd Stanley Cup game. Makar (3-8-11), the favorite in the Norris Trophy odds, reclaimed sole possession of the scoring lead among blueliners in the 2022 Stanley Cup playoffs.
Blues vs Avalanche Recent Results
|10/28/2021||St Louis 3 Colorado 4||COL||STL||Over|
|4/26/2022||Colorado 5 St Louis 3||COL||COL||Over|
|5/17/2022||Colorado 3 St Louis 2 (OT)||COL||STL||Under|
|5/19/2022||Colorado 1 St Louis 4||STL||STL||Under|
|5/21/2022||St Louis 2 Colorado 5||COL||COL||Over|
David Perron (7), Ryan O’Reilly (7), Vladimir Tarasenko (5) and Jordan Kyrou (5) have accounted for 24 of the 30 playoff goals scored by St Louis. O’Reilly has scored in seven of eight games in these playoffs. However, there are 13 Blues players who played in the playoffs this spring that remain goalless.
Ryan O’Reilly on Nathan Mackinnon — a defensive masterclass #stlblues pic.twitter.com/KwNCw9bQ93
— Harman Dayal (@harmandayal2) May 20, 2022
The Blues had scored a power-play goal in eight straight playoff games until the streak was halted in Game 3. St Louis has won the past four series in which the set was deadlocked 1-1 after two games.
Colorado vs St Louis Injury Report
Injured in a goalmouth collision in the first period of Game 4, Blues goalie Jordan Binnington is out for the series. Defenseman Torey Krug (lower-body) is out, while defenseman Marco Scandella (lower-body) is questionable.
Unfortunately, it sounds like COL D Samuel Girard suffered a broken sternum and is out for the season. Sorry to hear, he was playing so well.
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) May 22, 2022
Colorado lost defenseman Samuel Girard to a broken sternum when he was hit hard into the boards by Blues forward Ivan Barbashev during Game 4. Defenseman Ryan Murray (hand) is out.
Blues Turning Back To Husso
Colorado goalie Darcy Kuemper established individual marks for games (57) and wins (37) during the 2021-22 NHL regular season.
Darcy Kuemper passes Semyon Varlamov on the franchise playoff wins leaderboard and is now tied for 7th all time #FindAWay
— Avs Stats (@avsstats) May 22, 2022
He also set franchise records with a 12-game home winning streak and 18-game (16-0-2) points streak.
Blues vs Avalanche Projected Starting Goalies
Minus Binnington, the Blues turn back to Ville Husso, who was their starter when the playoffs began. Perhaps what’s most alarming about Husso’s .891 save percentage and 3.38 goals-against average is that he posted a shutout in Game 1 of the opening round against the Wild. He’s lost three in a row.
Ville Husso is now in between the pipes for the @StLouisBlues after Jordan Binnington left with an injury on the play below. ⤵️#StanleyCup | #stlblues pic.twitter.com/8oaGHdPHH2
— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) May 22, 2022
Veteran Charlie Lindgren was recalled from AHL Springfield to serve as Husso’s backup.
Blues vs Avalanche Game 4 Prediction
Colorado is 6-1 in the playoffs. That includes a perfect 3-0 slate on the road. But they may miss Girard more than the Blues will miss Binnington.
The Blues can ill-afford to lose Game 4 and head to Colorado down 3-1 and facing elimination. This is the season for St Louis.
Pick: St Louis Blues ML (+140)
An industry veteran, Bob literally taught the course on the history of sports at Elder College. He has worked as a Sports Columnist for Postmedia, appeared as a guest on several radio stations, was the Vice President of the Society For International Hockey Research in Ontario, and written 25 books.