Happy Friday! We only have one game on the ice Friday night between the Colorado Avalanche and the St. Louis Blues, Game 6 in St. Louis.
The Avalanche crumbled in Game 5 to let the Blues steal a game in overtime, and we have a series ourselves. Colorado has won both road games in this one so far, scoring 11 goals in those two games. The lean here is on the Avalanche winning in regulation, but we’ll stick to two stalwarts in Friday’s lone game.
Help from Cale Makar (-135 DK)
A Cale Makar assist has been closer to -145 and -150 lately, so at this price I’m comfortable betting straight to win 1u.
It’s been one of my favorite props all post-season, and I’ll keep trying to bet on it for as long as I can.
As mentioned above, Colorado has really clinched the score in both road games this series, which is consistent with their playoff tendencies. The Avalanche average more goals per game on the road (5.75 per game) when skating as a visitor.
Makar thinks he is involved in any score, as he usually is. Makar has one assist in three straight games and 10 overall in nine playoff games this year.
Makar has also been more consistent on the road with his assists, registering one game over 66% throughout this season and in every playoff game so far.
I trust the Avalanche’s star defensemen to maintain their offensive involvement in tonight’s closing game.
Point Robert Thomas (-112 FD)
Before Game 5, St. Louis changed its lines, bringing together Pavel Buchnevich, Robert Thomas and Vladimir Tarasenko.
It was one of the hottest lines for a stretch at the end of the regular season, seemingly accounting for a goal every night.
Back together on Wednesday, this line combined for two goals and Thomas scored six SOGs while Tarasenko netted five.
Given the victory of the Blues, I find it hard to imagine that they break this trio. If you want to be sure, you can wait for the queues to be announced. I will give an unsolicited cry to Lou Koracthe Blues beatwriter who will be the first to announce the news.
The Thomas point is simply picking the guy with the best odds. He had two points in Game 5, both goals.
There was a streak in late March and April where Thomas recorded one point in 17 consecutive games. Paired up again with his old buddies, I’m betting on a new streak forming, and we’re getting favorable odds for just that.
Good luck Friday night! Just two games for me. I prefer the Avalanche side for shooting, but I haven’t had much luck in that department given the need to parlay everyone. Let’s cash in on those two bets and make it a Friday night.