Free NHL Hockey Prediction: Detroit vs. Avalanche NHL Odds
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(13-10-3) Detroit Red Wings vs. Colorado Avalanche (14-7-2)
Date: Friday, December 10
Time: 9:00 PM ET
Venue: Pepsi Center, Denver
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: Detroit +250 Avalanche -320 (Bet Now!)
NHL Hockey Puck Line Odds: Detroit +1.5 +100 Avalanche -1.5 -130
NHL Betting Total: O/U 6.5
Detroit Red Wings
The Detroit Red Wings come into this road contest with an overall record of 13-10-3. Through 26 games the Red Wings are 4th in the Atlantic Division.
On the season, they have found the net 73 times, good for a rank of 17th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Detroit is the 27th ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 3.19 goals per game.
So far, the Red Wings have a strength of schedule rating of 30th in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 23rd ranked team in the NHL.
Through 26 games, the team-leading goal scorer is Dylan Larkin. With his 11 he is the second in overall points, coming in at 21. On the season he is turning 16.1% of his shots into goals.
In addition, the Red Wings have benefited from the strong play of Lucas Raymond who is the team’s overall leader in points.
In Detroit’s 26 games, he has come up with 10 goals on a shooting percentage of 17.2%. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of 3 Detroit’s top goalie is Alex Nedeljkovic who is giving up an average of 2.69 goals per game.
In his 17 games played, he has turned in 9 quality starts. Giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.
The Colorado Avalanche get set to host the Detroit Red Wings with an overall record of 14-7-2. This mark places them 2nd in the Central division.
Through 23 games, the Avalanche have scored 99 goals, giving them an average of 4.26. This output gives them a rank of 1st among NHL teams.
On defense, they are the 21st ranked unit, giving up 3.43 goals per contest.
So far, they have played the 18th toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account their scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 5th in the NHL.
Coming into this game, the Colorado Avalanche leader in points is Nazem Kadri. In his team’s 23 games, he has come up with 11 goals and 23 assists. He has scored his goals on a shooting percentage of 15.9%.
The team’s top overall goal scorer is Mikko Rantanen. Of his 12 goals, 50.0% have come during power play time. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +7.
Colorado’s top goalie is Darcy Kuemper who is giving up an average of 2.86 goals per game.
In his 16 games played, he has come up with a quality start just 0.438 percent of the time.
NHL Betting Trends:
- Red Wings are 46-103 in their last 149 overall.
- Red Wings are 8-23 in their last 31 Friday games.
- Avalanche are 12-4 in their last 16 vs. Atlantic.
- Avalanche are 46-20 in their last 66 overall.
Free Detroit Red Wings vs. Colorado Avalanche NHL Prediction
In this game. look for the Avalanche to win outright and cover the -1.5 point spread.
4* Free NHL Betting Pick:
In Colorado’s 23 games, they have an above .500 record against the spread, going 13-9. So far, the Avalanche have been a good bet at home as they have covered in 7 of their 10 games at Pepsi Center.
On the season, the Colorado Avalanche have a per-game scoring differential of 0.87.
Heading into their game with the Colorado Avalanche, the Avalanche have a 3-2 record over their past five contests. In these games, they have scored 26 goals, accounting for 53.0% of the overall scoring.
A key to this recent success is the fact that they have outscored their usual output of 4.26 goals per game 3 times.
In 5 on 5 situations, the Colorado Avalanche have a shooting percentage of 9.3%, placing them above the league average. It has been important that Colorado be efficient with their shots as they are generating scoring chances at a below-average rate.
According to advanced metrics tracking the quality of a team’s shots, the Avalanche have 7 fewer goals than expected. For the year, the team is averaging 6.26 high danger scoring chances per game.
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