Avalanche at Ducks - 10/16/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Colorado Avalanche (1-2-0) at Anaheim Ducks (0-2-1)
NHL Hockey: Friday, October 16, 2015 at 10:00 pm (Honda Center)
The Line: Anaheim Ducks / Colorado Avalanche --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ALT, FSW2
The Colorado Avalanche and Anaheim Ducks square off Friday night at the Honda Center.
The Colorado Avalanche could use a big victory here to get back to a .500 record. The Colorado Avalanche are averaging four goals per game and are scoring 50 percent of their power plays. Gabriel Landeskog leads Colorado with four goals, Francois Beauchemin has five assists and Nathan MacKinnon has 10 shots on goal. Defensively, the Colorado Avalanche are allowing 4.7 goals per game and are killing 75 percent of their power play chances. Semyon Varlamov has allowed 13 goals on 82 shots faced and Reto Berra has given up zero goals on five shots. Varlamov has allowed three or more goals in seven of his last 10 outings.
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The Anaheim Ducks are still looking for their first victory after a 0-2-1 start to the season. The Anaheim Ducks are averaging 0.3 goals per game and have yet to score on a power play. Sami Vatanen leads Anaheim with one goal, Andrew Cogliano has one assist and Ryan Getzlaf has nine shots on goal. Defensively, the Anaheim Ducks are allowing 2.3 goals per game and are killing 88.9 percent of their power play chances. Frederik Andersen has allowed four goals on 90 shots faced and Anton Khudobin has given up three goals on eight shots. Andersen has allowed two or less goals in seven of his last eight regular season outings. Nate Thompson and Clayton Stoner are questionable with injuries.
The Avalanche are 4-0 in their last 4 games playing on 1 days rest and 2-5 in their last 7 road games. The Ducks are 36-16 in their last 52 vs. Western Conference and 1-4 in their last 5 home games. The Avalanche are 5-15 in the last 20 meetings in Anaheim and 8-22 in the last 30 meetings overall.
The Ducks have to get in the win column eventually, and it might as well come against an Avalanche club that's had little to no success playing in Anaheim. Give me the Ducks in this spot.