The NHL is back! The Blues will travel to Colorado to play the Avalanche. Puck drop for this game is scheduled for 9:30 central time from the Ball Arena in Denver Colorado.
The NHL will start this year with four divisions in the regular season, the North, the West, the Central, and the East. It is hard to see how St. Louis was left out of the Central division when you look at the team list and had to join, arguably, the toughest of the four divisions.
Both teams are coming off impressive seasons in the 2019-2020 regular season with the Blues finishing first and the Avalanche finishing second. Neither team were able to make a deep Stanley Cup run, but are hoping to turn the tides this season.
St. Louis Blues Betting Preview: Key additions and better goaltending for 2021.
The St. Louis Blues will have many key members from their season last year returning to the ice Tuesday night. There will be a few people missing however, for Captain Alex Pietrangelo signed with Las Vegas and veterans Jay Bouwmeester and Alexander Steen both retired.
Filling the void for Pietrangelo will be newly acquired Torey Krug who signed with the Blues for seven years, forty five million dollars, the largest contract given to a free agent in Blues history. Krug has been nothing short of fantastic on the offensive side of the puck as he looks to have his fourth year of 50+ points.
Also new to the roster, Mike Hoffman from the Florida Panthers on a one year deal. Hoffman looks to continue putting pucks in the net, as he has scored 20+ goals in his seven year career, with 36 being the highest in 2018.
Not taking the ice for the Blues will be veteran leader and the 2018 Blues top goal scorer, Vladimir Tarasenko. Having to sit out last season and missing the start of this season after his third shoulder surgery, Blues fans are hoping to get him back on the top line sooner than later.
Jordan Binnington will be the netminder to start Wednesday night for St. Louis. Binnington had a great regular season in net last season, but the playoffs were another story. Binnington, 30-13 in the regular season, went 0-5 in the playoffs. The Blues will need Binnington to get back on track for them to be successful.
Colorado Avalanche Betting Preview: Can the Avalanche get over the hump?
The Colorado Avalanche come into this game having finished second in their division last season, their best finish since they won the division in 2013. Early talks have the Avalanche slated as the favorite to win the Stanley Cup this season.
A lot of those rumors are because of the wizard the Avalanche start at center, Nathan MacKinnon. Coming off a top five finish in goals last season, MacKinnon will hope to keep finding ways to get the puck into the net.
The biggest addition to the Colorado Avalanche roster came in the form of a trade from the Chicago Blackhawks, where the Avalanche acquired Brandon Saad. The two time Stanley Cup winner, will add the veteran leadership to this young and explosive hockey team.
The goalie position for the Avalanche is a little different than most clubs. The Avalanche run a 1A-1B style where both goalies will get work in. Phillipp Grubauer and Pavel Francouz will more than likely split starts like they did last season.
Blues vs. Avalanche Betting Odds & Lines:
BetOnline has the Avalanche as 1.5 goal favorite and the over/under set at 5.5.
With this being both teams first games of this season, the fast paced and aggressive hockey will be on full display. Both teams have something to prove after disappointing playoff runs in the NHL bubble.
These two teams have faced each other 150 times. The outcomes are right around .500. The biggest stat to look at is the Blues are 26-44-7 when playing on the road against the Avalanche.
With Tarasenko on the IR for the beginning of the season, the Blues will need to find someone to pick up the slack. The Avalanche should come out firing on all cylinders and pick up where they left off last season.