Chicago Blackhawks vs. Colorado Avalanche - 1/14/14
Colorado Avalanche (28-12-5) at Chicago Blackhawks (30-8-10)
NHL Hockey: Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 8:00 pm (United Center)
The Line: Chicago Blackhawks -200 / Colorado Avalanche +181 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: ALT, CSN-CH
In a battle of the Central Division, the Chicago Blackhawks welcome the Colorado Avalanche to the United Center on Tuesday night for what should be an exciting game.
The Colorado Avalanche come into the United Center after winning a game against the Minnesota Wild on Saturday by a score of 4-2. In that game, the Avalanche were led to victory by a two goal performance from Ryan O’Reilly, who now has 16 goals on the season. The win moved the Avalanche to 5-2-3 in the last ten games, and helped keep the team in the thick of the Western Conference playoff race. Colorado is simply trying to manufacture points in any way possible in order to bridge the gap between now and the time that players begin to return from injury.
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The Chicago Blackhawks are coming off of a 5-3 home victory over the Edmonton Oilers. In that game, the Oilers played Chicago to a one goal tie through the first period, but at the drop of the puck in the second the Blackhawks took over the game. After the first, the Hawks outshot the Oilers 30-14 and outscored them 4-2. Prior to the game against Edmonton, the Blackhawks went through a bit of an offensive downturn for a team that averages 3.6 goals per game. Chicago scored two or less goals in five of six games, which contributed to losses in five of seven games. Patrick Kane’s streak of games without a goal now tops out at a season high seven games, which is likely a significant part of Chicago’s recent offensive struggles.
This game will be the third of five meetings this season between Colorado and Chicago, and the first two games this year were split at one game per side. In the more recent of the meetings this season, the Chicago Blackhawks absolutely embarrassed the Avalanche by a score of 7-2, which you can bet the Avalanche have not forgotten. This game sets up nicely for a revenge spot, but its tough to go against the Stanley Cup Champions on home ice with a team that is as beat up as Colorado.
Looking to the total, the over is 4-0 in the last four meetings between the two teams. The over is 3-0-1 in the last four Avalanche road contests. The over is also 5-1 in the last six Hawks games versus the Central Division. I think the play here is on the over as both teams have proven the ability to score with the best in the NHL.