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Colorado Avalanche vs. Chicago Blackhawks - 12/31/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Chicago Blackhawks (21-13-4) at Colorado Avalanche (18-17-2)

NHL Hockey: Thursday, December 31, 2015 at 8:00 pm (Pepsi Center)

The Line: Colorado Avalanche / Chicago Blackhawks --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: CSNC, ALT

The Chicago Blackhawks and Colorado Avalanche meet Thursday at the Pepsi Center.

The Chicago Blackhawks look to keep rolling after winning six of their last nine games. The Chicago Blackhawks are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 23.3 percent of their power plays. Patrick Kane leads Chicago with 22 goals, Artemi Panarin has 21 assists and Artem Anisimov has 55 shots on goal. Defensively, the Chicago Blackhawks are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 81.5 percent of their power play chances. Corey Crawford has allowed 70 goals on 904 shots faced and Scott Darling has given up 21 goals on 228 shots. Crawford has allowed 11 goals in his last three games.

Colorado Avalanche vs. Chicago Blackhawks - 12/31/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Colorado Avalanche also look to stay hot after winning six of their last eight games. The Colorado Avalanche are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 20.3 percent of their power plays. Matt Duchene leads Colroado with 17 goals, Nathan MacKinnon has 20 assists and Jarome Iginla has 90 shots on goal. Defensively, the Colorado Avalanche are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 80.4 percent of their power play chances. Semyon Varlamov has allowed 59 goals on 691 shots faced and Reto Berra has given up 29 goals on 374 shots. Varlamov has allowed nine goals in his last three games.

The Blackhawks are 5-2 in their last 7 vs. a team with a losing record and 21-10 in their last 31 games playing on 1 days rest. The Avalanche are 8-3 in their last 11 Thursday games and 5-0 in their last 5 vs. a team with a winning record. The Blackhawks are 0-4 in the last 4 meetings.

Both teams are playing really solid hockey but the Avalanche are at home and have beaten the Blackhawks in each of the last four meetings. I'm siding with the home team here. 

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