Free NHL Hockey Prediction: Ducks vs Avalanche NHL Odds
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(28-34-9) Anaheim Ducks vs. Colorado Avalanche (30-28-12)
Date: Friday, March 15th
Time: 9:00 PM
Venue: Pepsi Center, Denver, CO
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: Avalanche -167
NHL Hockey Puck Line Odds: OFF
NHL Betting Total: 5.5
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Colorado being a -167 home favorite on Friday night actually seems like a line on the low side considering their opponent Anaheim is in action Thursday at Arizona.
The Avalanche are fighting for their playoff lives in this one as they sit just 3 points back from Arizona for the 2nd wild card spot.
Going into Thursday night’s game at the Coyotes, Anaheim has actually been very solid going 4-2 over their last 6. They should probably be 5-1 over that span if not for a 2-3 home loss to LA as -200 favorites.
One of the four wins over their last six came against these Avalanche by the score of 2-1 on March 3rd. Interestingly the Ducks have played 7 of their last 8 at home and now must go away where they are 13-21-1 on the season.
What’s been powering Anaheim has been their defense which has held 4 of 6 opponents to 2 goals or less. Make no mistake, the Ducks offense has potency too as evidenced by their 8-2 win over the Canadiens a week ago.
With Gibson getting the start Thursday it’s likely to be Ryan Miller in net. He’s gone 3-3 over his last six but has held four opponents to 2 goals or less during that run.
In a weird scheduling snafu, Anaheim will be playing in a back-to-back while the Avalanche have had 3 nights off since their last game. They need some time to reflect too after getting blanked 0-3 Monday by Carolina.
The once potent Avs offense has now been shut out in two of the last six games and held to just 1 goal in another. Colorado is just 2-4 over their last six but you have to think that being at home, well rested, and vs. a Ducks team on a B2B gives the Avalanche an edge.
Colorado also has a lot to play for in this must-win game. The Avs are 3 points back from the Coyotes for the 2nd wild card spot with 12 games to play. New Jersey is up next so Colorado can string together a couple wins before facing Minnesota who they are currently 2 points back from in the West.
NHL Betting Trends:
- Ducks are 4-1 their last five games as an underdog
- Ducks are 9-27 their last 36 overall
- Ducks are 2-9 their last 11 road games
- Avalanche are 4-1 their last five as a home favorite
- Avalanche are 5-2 their last 7 home games
- Home team is 6-1 the last 7 meetings
Free Anaheim Ducks vs. Colorado Avalanche NHL Prediction:
There’s absolutely no value on Colorado at -167 the way they’ve been playing lately. The Avalanche offense has looked tired and Semyon Varlamov should be able to have a solid night in net vs. a Ducks team that actually is tired after a B2B.
4* Free NHL Betting Pick: Under 5.5
Colorado has to turn it up on defense in this one. Their playoff lives depend on it.
NHL Free Score Prediction: Avalanche 3 – Ducks 2
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