Colorado Avalanche vs. Chicago Blackhawks - 3/12/14
Chicago Blackhawks (38-13-14) at Colorado Avalanche (42-18-5)
NHL Hockey: Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at 9:30 pm (Pepsi Center)
The Line: Colorado Avalanche +105 / Chicago Blackhawks -116 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
The Avalanche and Blackhawks meet up in Colorado in what is the marquee game of the night in the NHL.
The Chicago Blackhawks were dethroned from their perch atop the Central division standings earlier this week thanks to a spectacular run from the St. Louis Blues but thanks to a Dallas victory last night in St. Louis the Hawks can make up some ground with a win on the road against the Avalanche. While the Hawks may be looking straight ahead at the Blues they should be looking in their rear view mirror as the Avalanche are hot on their heels and are just a single point back heading into tonight’s pivotal show down. Chicago has been very consistent all season long and even in games they look down and out they find a way to claw their way back in and earn even a single point which is indicated by their ridiculous 14 OT/shootout losses this season. That is an interesting stat as you can look at it from the perspective of being able to force an overtime situation and earn a point but also from the angle that they can’t close games out when they have the chance. Either way the Hawks are in third place in the West and will be right in the mix come playoff time.
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The Avalanche have to be considered the biggest surprise and most resilient team this season as they responded from drafting first overall thanks to the league’s worst mark last year to chasing a division title and a home ice spot in the first round of the playoffs. Joe Sakic and Patrick Roy have done a great job assembling a competitive yet young roster that looks to challenge for the Western Conference crown amidst some of the best teams in the game. Colorado is well balanced up front and have played a lot better of late defensively and with Semyon Varlamov starting against Antii Raanta you have to give the goaltending edge to the home side who at this point are slight underdogs. However, to me the Hawks are the better team and getting them at this price despite being on the road against a very good Avalanche team isn’t something we are going to get very often.