Colorado Avalanche vs. Vancouver Canucks - 10/24/14
Vancouver Canucks (3-2-0) at Colorado Avalanche (1-4-2)
NHL Hockey: Friday
The Line: Colorado Avalanche -135 / Vancouver Canucks +123 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
The Avs look to escape the Western Conference basement with a victory at home at the Vancouver Canucks at the Pepsi Centre.
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The Canucks will look to win their second game in as many nights after a strong third period in St. Louis last night gave them a 4-1 win over the Blues as they head into Colorado to take on the Avalanche. The Canucks are looking to erebound after a tumultuous season a year ago that saw a number of changes both on and off the ice and so far they are on track to to do so as they have a return to the playoffs on their mind. Vancouver will likely go with Eddie Lack tonight after Ryan Miller got the win against his former team last night and while some would see it as a demotion you have to remember that Lack was a starter for most of last season and did a pretty solid job considering he was thrown into the lions den without much help.
The Avalanche are off to a pretty rocky start as they have just a single win and four points on the season which has them in the Western Conference but they'll look to start the turaround with a win at home against the Canucks. Colorado fell victim to a tough offseason as they lost Paul Stastny to the St. Louis Blues leaving a sizeable void on the team's second line and as such I think they have struggled to adapt but for their sake hopefully some home cooking will prove to be the difference at least for one night. The Avs have Saturday off before traveling to Winnipeg to take on the Jets so they don't have to worry about any added stress of playing in back to back nights and Semyon Varlamov will probably start in both. With all things considered it is tough to reason why the Avs are such high favourites here as these teams are a lot closer than the line indicates but I do think overall that Colorado is a tad deeper and should have the home crowd to help push them along so I'll side with them in a game I'm going to stay away from.