Free NHL Hockey Prediction: Avalanche vs Islanders Odds
Weekly NHL betting sees the New York Islanders taking on the Colorado Avalanche Thursday December 17th 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.
New York Islanders (18-9-3-2) vs. Colorado Avalanche (15-16-1-0)
Date: Thursday December 17th
Venue: Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: Colorado -105
NHL Hockey Puck Line Odds: Colorado +1.5 -300
NHL Betting Total:5.5
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A marquee matchup takes place in Colorado as the Colorado Avalanche get set to do battle with the New York Islanders Thursday night.
Colorado comes in with some solid momentum as they shut out the defending champs in the Chicago to finish off their road trip.
New York had their 10 game point streak snapped behind a 5-1 loss to Florida in a performance where they looked sluggish and very fatigued at times.
The New York Islanders have certainly been one of the more impressive teams this season.
Their 10 game point streak have them now just 1 point behind the 2nd place Rangers and 5 points behind the Washington Capitals. They do come in off a very disappointing loss as Florida dismantled them in every way en route to a 5-1 win.
Brock Nelson put his 2nd goal in four games against Florida, but that was all the Islanders had going for them. The Islanders have averaged 2.72 goals per game this season, so games like that are very rare.
The Islanders key to success has been their PK. They’ve killed off their last 24 penalty kill attempts.
New York brings in a 7-4-1-2 record on the road this season.
The Avalanche are finally starting to turn a corner themselves, thanks to the play between the pipes.
Semyon Varlamov had 29 saves in a 3-0 shutout against Chicago as he continues to be as dominant as ever this season. Varlamov has stopped 189-of-196 shots he’s faced over the past 6 games. With his play, Colorado has rattled off 6 wins over their last 8.
Matt Duchene has continued to be the spark for Colorado offensively. Duchene has tallied 15 goals and added 11 assists over his last 22 games.
The Avs get set to play 11 of their next 13 games inside the Pepsi Center, a place that hasn’t treated them well this season. Colorado is just 4-7-1-0 at home this season and are allowing 3.42 goals against
Colorado’s 4 home wins are tied for lowest in the league.
NHL Hockey Handicapping Trends
- Islanders are 6-1 in their last 7 after scoring 2 goals or less in their previous game.
- Islanders are 4-1 in their last 5 when their opponent allows 2 goals or less in their previous game.
- Islanders are 7-2 in their last 9 overall.
- Avalanche are 3-8 in their last 11 vs. Metropolitan.
- Avalanche are 2-6 in their last 8 vs. Eastern Conference.
Free NHL Hockey Prediction
Both teams have the ability to score, especially with the way Colorado has conceded at home.
Expect plenty of chances in this game at goal.
4* Free NHL Betting Pick: Over
The teams exchange goals here tonight, ending Varlamov’s impressive streak as the Islanders come into the Pepsi Center and grab a win.
NHL Free Score Prediction: New York 5- Colorado 3
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