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New York Rangers vs. Colorado Avalanche - 12/3/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Colorado Avalanche (9-14-1) at New York Rangers (17-6-2)

NHL Hockey: Thursday, December 3, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Madison Square Garden)

The Line: New York Rangers -200 / Colorado Avalanche +163 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ALT, MSG

The Colorado Avalanche and New York Rangers square off Thursday night at Madison Square Garden.

The Colorado Avalanche look for a nice road victory after splitting their last 10 games. The Colorado Avalanche are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 19.1 percent of their power plays. Matt Duchene leads Colorado with 13 goals, Nathan MacKinnon has 14 assists and Jarome Iginla has 63 shots on goal. Defensively, the Colorado Avalanche are allowing three goals per game and are killing 78.5 percent of their power play chances. Reto Berra has allowed 25 goals on 341 shots faced and Semyon Varlamov has given up 42 goals on 372 shots. Varlamov has allowed 10 goals in his last three games.

New York Rangers vs. Colorado Avalanche - 12/3/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The New York Rangers could use a victory after losing five of their last eight games. The New York Rangers are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 21.5 percent of their power plays. Mats Zuccarello leads New York with 11 goals, Derick Brassard has 10 assists and Rick Nash has 73 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Rangers are allowing 2.1 goals per game and are killing 84.5 percent of their power play chances. Henrik Lundqvist has allowed 42 goals on 647 shots faced and Antti Raanta has given up seven goals on 145 shots. Lundqvist has allowed eight goals in his last three games.

The Avalanche are 1-5 in their last 6 vs. Eastern Conference and 2-7 in their last 9 vs. Metropolitan. The Rangers are 39-16 in their last 55 games playing on 0 days rest and 37-18 in their last 55 home games. The Avalanche are 9-3 in the last 12 meetings in New York and 15-6 in the last 21 meetings overall.

The Rangers are in a slump right now and are now playing a rested Avalanche team that's won nine of its last 12 games in New York. I like the value of the plus money here. 

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Colorado Avalanche +163

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