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(9-6-4) Colorado Avalanche vs. Anaheim Ducks (8-9-4)
Date: Sunday, November 18th
Time: 8:00 PM
Venue: Honda Center, Anaheim, CA
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: Avs -110
NHL Hockey Puck Line Odds: OFF
NHL Betting Total: 5.5
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Both these teams are coming off a loss, the home team Ducks in agonizing fashion in overtime. That should put some jump in their game, which is necessary because Anaheim is much more of a team-oriented set-up rather than individual talent.
The Avs have been riding the vapor trails of their top line of Mikko Rantanen, Nathan MacKinnon, Gabe Landeskog to a middle-of-the-pack standing in the Western Conference thus far. Colorado might be a bit of a one-trick pony, that one line is mighty good. All three of those dudes rank among the league leaders in scoring – Rantanen leading everyone with 29 points.
Colorado is coming off an irritating OT loss to the Capitals, after assassin Nicklas Backstrom does what he does with a winning goal in the extra frame. The Avalanche had a hot start, but have lost six of their last eight. Beating a mediocre Ducks team will be critical if Colorado wants to continually give off the impression they are a team on the rise.
Similar to the visitors, the Ducks lost a tough one at home Friday night to the high-flying Toronto Maple Leafs. The Ducks play a good stingy brand of hockey, but goal scoring is tough to come by for this team. Having Cam Fowler and Corey Perry out certainly doesn’t help. Anaheim’s leading goal-getter, Pontus Aberg, has a mere six goals.
The Ducks can’t score on the power play or 5-on-5, so they’ll likely rely on muffling the visiting Avs while plucking a cheeky goal or two somewhere along the way. The problem lies with that lethal ‘Mac-Landy-Rants’ top line. Ducks goalie John Gibson is a good one, so maybe he stands on his head and keeps a gooseegg in the column when that prodigiously talented line is on the ice. More than likely, though, there’s going to be issues.
NHL Betting Trends:
- Over is 7-2-2 in COL last 11 Sun. games.
- COL are 2-6 in their last 8 overall.
- COL are 7-20 in their last 27 Sun. games.
- ANA are 3-11 in their last 14 overall.
- ANA are 2-7 in their last 9 games as an underdog.
- Over is 7-2 in ANA last 9 Sun. games.
- COL are 7-20 in the last 27 meetings in Anaheim.
Free Colorado Avalanche vs. Anaheim Ducks NHL Prediction:
These two clubs have opposite strengths. The visitors are a team that like to push the pace and light the lamp, while the Ducks are all about possessing the puck and keeping the score manageable. Both teams are coming off deflating losses, so you’d think that both will come out with gusto. It’s tough to call with a couple of middle-tier teams, but I’ll narrowly give the nod to the home team, all things being equal.
Anticipate the Ducks narrowly winning the game, possibly taking it to OT for a second time this weekend, as Anaheim tends to play for the extra frame.
4* Free NHL Betting Pick: Ducks ML
NHL Free Score Prediction: Colorado 3 – Anaheim 4 (OT)
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