Avalanche vs. Blackhawks - 2/2/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Chicago Blackhawks (33-16-4) at Colorado Avalanche (27-22-3)
NHL Hockey: Tuesday, February 2, 2016 at 9:00 pm (Pepsi Center)
The Line: Colorado Avalanche +110 / Chicago Blackhawks -133 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: CSNC, ALT
The Chicago Blackhawks and Colorado Avalanche play Tuesday night at the Pepsi Center.
The Chicago Blackhawks look to keep rolling after winning 10 of their last 13 games. The Chicago Blackhawks are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 21.5 percent of their power plays. Patrick Kane leads Chicago with 30 goals, Artemi Panarin has 29 assists and Jonathan Toews has 125 shots on goal. Defensively, the Chicago Blackhawks are allowing 2.3 goals per game and are killing 82.6 percent of their power play chances. Corey Crawford has allowed 87 goals on 1,257 shots faced and Scott Darling has given up 32 goals on 361 shots. Crawford has allowed five goals in his last three games.
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The Colorado Avalanche look for another win after winning six of their last eight games. The Colorado Avalanche are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 19.9 percent of their power plays. Matt Duchene leads Colorado with 23 goals, Nathan MacKinnon has 23 assists and Gabriel Landeskog has 106 shots on goal. Defensively, the Colorado Avalanche are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 79.8 percent of their power play chances. Semyon Varlamov has allowed 86 goals on 1,044 shots faced and Reto Berra has given up 29 goals on 374 shots. Varlamov has allowed three goals in his last three games.
The Blackhawks are 6-0 in their last 6 vs. Western Conference and 20-7 in their last 27 overall. The Avalanche are 6-1 in their last 7 home games and 19-7 in their last 26 vs. Central. The road team is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings.
The Blackhawks are one of the hotter teams in the league right now, and the road team has won six of the last eight meetings. That's good enough for me to back Chicago at the reasonable price.