Avalanche Betting Odds: Colorado Big Favorites Over St. Louis Blues

The Colorado Avalanche are prohibitive favorites in their matchup against the St. Louis Blues in the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Avalanche lead the Western Conference semifinal series 3-2 following a 5-4 overtime loss in Denver on Wednesday night.

The Avalanche have the shortest odds to win the Stanley Cup, according to all of the top Colorado sports betting apps. FanDuel Colorado and BetMGM Colorado have the Avs at +140 and +135 to win the Cup, while Caesars Colorado listed the Avalanche at +130.

Following an impressive sweep of the Nashville Predators in the first round, the Avalanche are expected to dispatch the Blues. For most of the season at least since the NHL All-Star break experts have seen the Avalanche as the best team in the league and as the favorite to hoist Lord Stanley’s silver cup. But, the Stanley Cup Playoffs do not always go by the script.

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St. Louis Blues Vs. Colorado Avalanche Betting Odds

BetMGMColorado -800
St. Louis +550
Colorado -175
St. Louis +145
CaesarsColorado -750
St. Louis +525
Colorado -170
St. Louis +145
FanDuelColorado -900
St. Louis +590
Colorado -172
St. Louis +142
BetRiversColorado -1000
St. Louis +550
Colorado -180
St. Louis +155

Most experts predicted a short series before it began, but that has not been the case. In the regular season, Colorado won two of the three meetings between these teams. Their only loss came in the second game of the season, which seems like a lifetime ago back in October.

Last year, these teams met in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, with the Avalanche sweeping, but both teams are different in 2022. The Blues beefed up their defensive rotation and added some players with great shot selection to improve their team. St. Louis responded with 109 points a number they haven’t exceeded since 2013-14. Head coach Craig Berube, who sparked a magic run three years ago when he took the helm of the team mid-season and guided the Blues to their first and only Stanley Cup title, has his roster playing at an intense pace on defense and offense.

Colorado added goalie Darcy Kuemper, who has been special this season. He ranked fifth in the NHL in save percentage (.921), but he has competition. Blues netminder Ville Husso had a breakout year in his first full season as the Big Man In Net, but in the first round against Minnesota, the Fin posted a shutout in Game 1 and then allowed nine goals(!) in the next 5+ periods before being replaced by Jordan Binnington.

Which goalie rotation will show up for the Blues against the Avalanche? Will Husso get back to his regular season ways, or will coach Berube prefer to stick with the hot stick?

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More Than One Way To Bet This Series

For those Colorado fans looking to grab series futures bets, it’s worth looking at the “exact series result futures from BetMGM Sportsbook Colorado:

  • Avalanche 4-3 series win (+275)
  • Blues 4-3 series win (+600)

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