Past Expert Picks
St. Louis @ Colorado | 01/14 | 3:30 AM UTC
These Central Division rivals are now in the West Division for the one-year realignment to help with travel in the shortened season. The Avalanche open as Cup favorites at William Hill Sportsbook (see news feed) and they do look loaded with arguably the best top line in the NHL in Nathan MacKinnon, Gabriel Landeskog and Mikko Rantanen. The Blues, meanwhile, lost one of the league's top defensemen to free agency this offseason in captain Alex Pietrangelo and open the year without oft-injured but super-talented forward Vladimir Tarasenko. He won't even be re-evaluated until February following a third surgery in 28 months recently. Tarasenko scored at least 33 goals in five straight seasons before playing just 10 games last year.