Blackhawks vs. Avalanche - 2/20/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Colorado Avalanche (24-23-11) at Chicago Blackhawks (35-18-5)
NHL Hockey: Friday, February 20, 2015 at 8:30 pm (United Center)
The Line: Chicago Blackhawks -230 / Colorado Avalanche +205 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSNC, ALT, NHL
The Colorado Avalanche and Chicago Blackhawks meet Friday night at the United Center.
The Colorado Avalanche hope to get back on track after losing five of their last seven games. The Avalanche are averaging 2.5 goals per game and have scored 10 goals in their last three games. The Colorado Avalanche have one power play goal since mid-January and have won four of their last six games when scoring at least three goals overall. Jarome Iginla leads Colorado with 18 goals, Alex Tanguay has 23 assists and Matt Duchene has 139 shots on goal. Defensively, the Avalanche are allowing 2.8 goals per game and have allowed a power play goal in five of their last eight games. Semyon Varlamov has allowed 97 goals on 1,203 shots faced and Calvin Pickard has given up 32 goals on 503 shots.
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The Chicago Blackhawks need consistency after splitting their last 10 games. The Blackhawks are averaging 2.9 goals per game and have scored seven goals in their last three games. The Chicago Blackhawks have three power play goals in their last four games and have won five of their last seven games when scoring at least three goals overall. Patrick Kane leads Chicago with 27 goals, Jonathan Toews has 31 assists and Brandon Saad has 140 shots on goal. Defensively, the Blackhawks are allowing 2.3 goals per game and haven’t allowed a power play goal in four straight games. Corey Crawford has allowed 87 goals on 1,116 shots faced and Antti Raanta has given up 23 goals on 373 shots.
The Avalanche are 9-24 in their last 33 road games and 9-24 in their last 33 vs. a team with a winning record. The Blackhawks are 17-5 in their last 22 games playing on 1 days rest and 80-34 in their last 114 home games. The Avalanche are 5-2 in the last 7 meetings in Chicago and the road team is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings.
The Blackhawks should win this game against an Avalanche team that can't win games lately, especially on the road which has been a problem all season long. Take the spread to give you more bang for your buck.