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(42-18-5) Colorado Avalanche vs. Detroit Red Wings (25-28-11)
Date: Saturday March 18th
Time: 10:00 AM
Venue: Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, MI
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: Red Wings -189
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NHL Betting Total: 5
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For what used to be a battle of powerhouse dynasty franchises, the Colorado-Detroit showdown has now lost it’s luster. Both teams sit in the basement of their divisions, and gone are the days of the Patrick Roy-Chris Osgood scraps, and the Sakic and Forsberg vs Yzerman and Federov battles.
For this first time since the 1990, the Detroit Red Wings are going to miss the playoffs. The Avs are the favorite to select 1st overall this draft.
The Avalanche are the worst team in hockey the season, and by a significant margin. It wasn’t long ago that the future looked bright for Colorado, as the rebuild netted top picks in Nathan MacKinnon, Matt Duchene and Gabriel Landeskog.
Now, Duchene and Landeskog find themselves on the trade block, with one almost certain to be dealt at the draft this year and potentially both could move. GM Joe Sakic, who used to be the front man of the glory days in Colorado, is tasked with bolstering a roster that has the worst ranked offense and defense this year.
He’s gone on the record stating that only MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen, the team’s first-round selection last year, are untouchable. The defense needs some serious help, as the Avs have allowed 3.2 goals per game.
The future may be Calvin Pickard in net, as it hard to tell how good he is playing behind the miserable team in front of him. Pickard, 24, does own a .911 SV% on the year despite his 2.82 GAA.
Detroit Red Wings
The Red Wings rebuilding, with the future laying in the likes of Anthony Mantha, Gustav Nyquist, Tomas Tatar and Dylan Larkin, at least we think. The team will need some overhauls with Henrik Zetterberg nearing the 18th green and Pavel Datsyuk now gone.
Former top prospect Anthony Mantha has scored 14 goals and 33 points in 52 games played. Tatar has earned 35 and Nyquist each have 35, which trail just captain Zetterberg, who has the team lead at 57.
They will need more production from former high selections, Dylan Larkin and Riley Sheahan, and an infusion of more young talent to build around.
Unfortunately, this is not a loaded draft of talent and not picking in the top two will be a serious disadvantage. As is sits now, the Wings are 4th last in the NHL in point, so will need some luck on their side to slide into these picks.
Jimmy Howard has been solid in goal this season in his limited action, currently working his way back from injury. He owns a .934 SV% and 1.96 GAA, compared to Petr Mrazek’s .899 SV% and 3.04 GAA.
NHL Betting Trends:
- Colorado is last in goals per game at 1.9
- Colorado is 3-5 in February
- Colorado is 9-24-1 on the road
- Detroit has a minus-37 goal differential
- Detroit is 13-15-5 at home
- Detroit is 3-6-1 in their last 10 games
Free Colorado Avalanche vs Detroit Red Wings NHL Hockey Prediction:
This is not the heavyweight battle it used to be, with both squads sitting in the bottom five in the NHL. The Wings are remarkably better than the Avs this season, who sit 22 points back of them in the standings.
Colorado has a terrible goal differential on the year at minus-89, have only won nine games on the road and have a losing record in February.
4* Free NHL Betting Pick: OVER 5.
Red Wings should take this one.
NHL Free Score Prediction: Colorado 2 – Detroit 4
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