Now it's time for the NHL playoff matches, several bright matches have already passed, but the most interesting is still to come. So we are waiting for the confrontation of the Western division, "Colorado" will host "St. Louis". The game will take place on May 18 at 05:00 Moscow time. Our portal has prepared a forecast for this confrontation for you.

 "Colorado Avalanche»

This season is extremely powerful for the players of "Colorado" and deservedly finished the championship at the top of the standings not only of their division, but also of the entire championship. True, a crowded infirmary does not contribute to confidence in the games of departure, but still the margin of safety for the Avalanche is extremely large, which was clearly seen in the end of the championship, where Colorado issued a long series without defeats, confirming the status of one of the main favorites for the Stanley Cup.

St. Louis Blues»

The Musicians failed to start the season, which was due to a large number of injured players. The Blues finished the championship in fourth place in the division and already guaranteed a place in the playoff zone. This was made possible by a bright finish with a lot of wins, but still the game of "musicians" does not look confident. In the end, St. Louis managed to beat Minnesota twice on its own court and will prepare for the relegation games.

Injuries and disqualifications:

Injuries:

 Colorado-French (upper body injury), Calvert (lower body injury), Johnson (upper body injury), Byram (head injury), O'Connor (upper body injury), Dubnik (illness).

St. Louis - Sundqvist (lower body injury), Gunnarsson (knee injury), Dunn (lower body injury), Tarasenko (upper body injury), Walker (illness).

Statistics and figures

  • The last match between these teams ended in a 4-1 victory for St. Louis.
  • Colorado has a good nine-game winning streak at home.
  • In their last five games, St. Louis has lost just twice.

Forecast

In this confrontation, the clear favorite is "Colorado", which demonstrates good hockey this season and always looks confident on its court. The "musicians" are now in full swing, but will have a crowded infirmary, which will clearly affect the team's game pattern. I think the game will be bright and will end with a victory for the hosts.