Free NHL Hockey Prediction: Hurricanes vs Avalanche Odds
Weekly NHL betting sees the Carolina Hurricanes taking on the Carolina Avalanche Wednesday October 21st at Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado. Cappers Picks provides complimentary handicapping picks on all NHL Hockey season long so stay tuned for more FREE NHL hockey predictions.
Carolina Hurricanes (1-4-0-0) vs. Colorado Avalanche (2-3-0-0)
Date: Wednesday October 21st
Venue: Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: Colorado -135
NHL Hockey Puck Line Odds: Colorado -1.5
NHL Betting Total: 5.5
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Two under .500 teams take battle inside the Pepsi Center on Wednesday when the Carolina Hurricanes take on the Colorado Avalanche.
The Hurricanes dropped to 1-4 after falling to the Capitals 4-1 on Saturday.
Colorado went into Los Angeles and couldn’t solve Jonathan Quick late in the game as they ultimately fell 2-1.
The Hurricanes who are just 1-4 on the season can’t be looking forward to Wednesday night. Them and the Pepsi Center just do not mix well.
The Hurricanes have dropped 12 in a row in Denver against Colorado as they look to grab their first win there since 1996. Unfortunately for them, they weren’t even known as the Hurricanes at that time. Instead, notching the win was the Hartford Whalers.
Jeff Skinner scored the only goal for the Hurricanes against the Capitals on Saturday and will look to build off that performance. The last time the Hurricanes played inside the Pepsi Center Skinner posted 2 assists in a 4-3 loss.
Expect Jordan Staal to play a big part in Wednesday’s game. Staal has no points through the first 5 Hurricanes games, but has had some career success against the Avalanche.
Stall has 6 goals and 6 assists in 9 head-to-head meetings with the Avs.
After scoring 10 goals through their first 2 games of the season, the Avalanche are struggling to find any sort of offense.
Colorado struggled to get anything going in their 2-1 loss to Los Angeles last time out. The lone goal scorer for Colorado was Matt Duchene, who netted a power play goal in the loss.
Like Jordan Staal, the Avs’ Matt Duchene has had major success against the opposition. Duchene has 14 goals and 12 assists in the 23 head-to-head meetings with the Hurricanes. He found the back of the net in the last meeting with Carolina back on January 13th.
The goalie situation continues to be a concern for the Avalanche. Semyon Varlamov has a 1-2 record with a GAA of 5.06. Varlamov has allowed 5 goals in 2 of his 3 starts this season.
Look for the Avalanche to take advantage of the power play as they are 6 for 18 on the season.
NHL Hockey Handicapping Trends
- Hurricanes are 20-41 in their last 61 road games.
- Hurricanes are 19-40 in their last 59 when their opponent scores 2 goals or less in their previous game.
- Hurricanes are 19-40 in their last 59 vs. Western Conference.
- Avalanche are 8-3 in their last 11 vs. a team with a winning % below .400.
- Avalanche are 7-3 in their last 10 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400.
Free NHL Hockey Prediction
Colorado’s troubles in goal are serious concern. Even with his struggles, Semyon Varlamov will get the start on Wednesday. Expect a lot of goals to be netted in this one as Varlamov continues to struggle and the Avs offense has shown some sign of being explosive.
4* Free NHL Betting Pick: Over
At 5.5, expect both teams to score their share of goals as the total flies over.
NHL Free Score Prediction: Colorado 5- Carolina 4
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