Avalanche vs. Ducks - 4/9/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Anaheim Ducks (44-25-11) at Colorado Avalanche (39-38-4)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, April 9, 2016 at 5:30 pm (Pepsi Center)
The Line: Colorado Avalanche +125 / Anaheim Ducks -150 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: FSW2, ALT
The Anaheim Ducks and Colorado Avalanche met Saturday at the Pepsi Center.
The Anaheim Ducks look for consistency after splitting their last 14 games. The Anaheim Ducks are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 22.9 percent of their power plays. Corey Perry leads Anaheim with 33 goals, Ryan Kesler has 30 assists and Rickard Rakell has 169 shots on goal. Defensively, the Anaheim Ducks are allowing 2.3 goals per game and are killing 87.1 percent of their power play chances. Frederik Andersen has allowed 88 goals on 1,062 shots faced and John Gibson has given up 76 goals on 960 shots. Andersen has allowed 12 goals in his last three games.
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The Colorado Avalanche could use a nice win after losing seven of their last eight games. The Colorado Avalanche are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 18.1 percent of their power plays. Matt Duchene leads Colorado with 30 goals, Nathan MacKinnon has 31 assists and Jarome Iginla has 177 shots on goal. Defensively, the Colorado Avalanche are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 80.7 percent of their power play chances. Semyon Varlamov has allowed 143 goals on 1,683 shots faced and Calvin Pickard has given up 42 goals on 539 shots. Varlamov has allowed 10 goals in his last three games.
The Ducks are 28-11 in their last 39 Saturday games and 24-7 in their last 31 vs. Western Conference. The Avalanche are 0-4 in their last 4 home games and 1-4 in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest. The Ducks are 9-4 in the last 13 meetings in Colorado and 22-10 in the last 32 meetings overall.
The Avalanche are eager for the offseason to arrive after missing out on the playoffs, and they've been in a nasty slump lately. The Ducks have feasted on teams with losing records, and I expect that to be no different here.