Colorado Avalanche vs. Vancouver Canucks - 11/26/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Vancouver Canucks (8-10-2) at Colorado Avalanche (9-10-0)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, November 26, 2016 at 10:00 pm (Pepsi Center)
The Line: Colorado Avalanche -160 / Vancouver Canucks +144 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
The Vancouver Canucks and Colorado Avalanche meet Saturday night in a NHL showdown at the Pepsi Center.
The Vancouver Canucks look for some sort of consistency after splitting their last eight games. The Canucks are averaging 2.2 goals per game and are scoring on 11.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Bo Horvat leads Vancouver with seven goals, Daniel Sedin has seven assists and Henrik Sedin has 26 shots on goal. Defensively, the Vancouver Canucks are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 83.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Jacob Markstrom has given up 29 goals on 281 shots faced and Ryan Miller has allowed 27 goals on 294 shots. The Vancouver Canucks have allowed three or more goals in seven of their last 10 games.
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The Colorado Avalanche also look for a bounce back victory after splitting their last 10 games. The Avalanche are averaging 2.2 goals per game and are scoring on 16.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Matt Duchene leads Colorado with seven goals, Nathan MacKinnon has 10 assists and Rene Bourque has 32 shots on goal. Defensively, the Colorado Avalanche are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 78.2 percent of their opponents power plays. Semyon Varlamov has given up 42 goals on 436 shots faced and Calvin Pickard has allowed 11 goals on 160 shots. The Colorado Avalanche have allowed at least two goals in four straight games.
The Canucks are 3-7 in their last 10 games playing on 0 days rest and 0-4 in their last 4 Saturday games. The Avalanche are 1-5 in their last 6 games playing on 2 days rest and 4-10 in their last 14 home games. The Canucks are 10-4 in the last 14 meetings in Colorado and 22-8 in the last 30 meetings overall.
Neither one of these teams is playing consistent hockey lately and the Canucks have owned the Colorado Avalanche over the last several years with wins in 22 of the last 30 matchups. Colorado should have the advantage on its home ice and with the rest, but it's hard to ignore the value of the plus money with Vancouver given the history between these two teams.