Pick #9: Valeri Nichushkin Over 2.5 SOG (-165)
This is going back to my reasoning from the article on Thursday and I am rolling with it again. He has hit this in 13 of the last 13 games with 3 of those games having less than 4 SOG and an average of 4.5 SOG. He has only missed this in 4 of 25 games with an average of 3.62 SOG. The averages dropped slightly with having 3 SOG last game but still well above the 2.5 mark. He has hit this in all 3 games against the Blues. After losing at home 4-1 I think the Avs are going to come out firing. The last two games Nichushkin was quiet until the last period but I think the Avs will be really aggressive trying to set the tone so hopefully we get an early cash. Keep reading for another pick in this game below.
Another pick I like for this game is Cale Makar Over 2.5 SOG (-180)
Cale has hit this in 7 of the last 10 and 4 out of 5 against the Blues; however, the last game against the Blues was the last game of the season, which didn't mean much for the Avs. I believe they were coasting to make sure they were ready for the playoffs and healthy. He has hit this in 7 of 10 as the visitor and for the same reasons I like Nichushkin, I like Makar.