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(27-14-5) Chicago Blackhawks vs. Colorado Avalanche (13-27-1)
Date: Tuesday January 17th
Time: 6:00 PM
Venue: Pepsi Center in Denver, CO
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: Blackhawks -170
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NHL Betting Total: 5.5
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Colorado is in the basement of the NHL, as the only team stuck with a point total in the 20’s on the season still at the halfway point of their season.
Their current pace would see them ending the year with just 54 points, which would be 15 fewer than last season’s worst team, the Toronto Maple Leafs.
On the other bench sits the Chicago Blackhawks, the perennial Cup contenders who currently have 59 points and are just two back of the Minnesota Wild for the top spot in the Western Conference.
Led by Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane, the Hawks are once again in the hunt for a top seed in the West and appear to be poised for another deep playoff run.
Kane leads the way on the scoresheet with 47 points in 46 games played and has been particularly on fire as of late. In his past 10 games, number-88 has registered 13 points and a plus-3 rating.
After winning the scoring title a season ago, Kane currently sits in 2nd in the league in points behind just Connor McDavid.
Linemate, Artemi Panarin, has been an excellent find out of Russia’s KHL and currently sits second on the team in points with 43 of his own.
In his NHL career, Panarin has registered 120 points in 126 games played, which sits him amongst the best over that time span since the start of last year.
While Jonathan Toews is having a down year on the scoresheet, with just 21 points in 37 games, he is intangible leader of the powerhouse team.
The backend hasn’t suffered any setbacks in points, as veterans Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook have 31 and 21 points, respectively.
Canadian Olympian, Corey Crawford, is putting together a nice season in net for the Hawks. Crawford has appeared in 29 games and has a 16-10-3 record to go along with a .921 SV% and a 2.49 GAA.
Fellow netminder, Scott Darling, has spelled Crawford more often this season in an effort to keep him fresh come post-season time. Darling has a .924 SV% and a 2.34 GAA in 20 games, forming one of the best duos in net in the NHL.
As aforementioned, Colorado is having a disaster this season- their first under new head coach, Jason Bednar.
The first domino appears to have fallen in regards to the retooling process, but all eyes will be remain on whether GM, Joe Sakic, deals one of his top young forwards by the trade deadline.
Late last week, the longest-standing member of the organization, gritty winger Cody McLeod, was dealt to Nashville in return for former 4th round pick, Felix Girard. Sakic has publically stated that he will focus on getting younger and do what’s best for the organization in the long run.
In addition, Sakic has stated that he is willing to listen to offers on anybody on the roster excluding Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen.
This has created an interesting storyline, as promising young forwards in Matt Duchene and Gabriel Landeskog could be on the move by March.
The blueliner could certainly use some help, so it would be surprising to see Tyson Barrie moved, as he is the most effective puck mover that Colorado has and is in his first year of a new deal.
Barrie is 3rd on the Avs in points with his 21, sitting just behind MacKinnon’s 28 and Duchene’s 25.
A team in need of a goaltender upgrade…ahem, maybe someone such as the Philadelphia Flyers… might look towards current Av, Semyon Varlamov.
While Varly is having a down year, with a .901 SV% and a 331 GAA, the price tag might not be too high and might be a worthy gamble considering the team he is playing behind, and just last season he registered a .914 SV% and a 2.56 GAA.
NHL Betting Trends:
- The Blackhawks rank 7th in goals against at 2.5 on average
- Chicago are 4-3 in January games in 2017
- Chicago is 10-9-1 on the road this year
- With 47 points on the season, Patrick Kane sits second in the NHL scoring race.
- Colorado has the worst goal differential in the league at -55
- Colorado is just 5-15-1 at home this year
Free Chicago Blackhawks vs. Colorado Avalanche NHL Hockey Prediction:
Chicago is a heavy favorite in this game despite being on the road, and it isn’t too hard to see why. Colorado is the worst team in the league at the halfway mark, and it’s not particularly close.
More rebuilding type deals are expected in Denver in the next two months, as they look toward the future and potentially the #1 Draft pick this summer.
Chicago should have no trouble dismantling the Avs, even while travelling to the Mile High City.
4* Free NHL Betting Pick: Chicago -1.5
Look for the Hawks to outpace the Avs and cover the spread against a Colorado team that is 5-15-1 at home this year.
NHL Free Score Prediction: Chicago 4 – Colorado 1
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