Colorado Avalanche vs. New Jersey Devils - 12/1/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
New Jersey Devils (14-6-4) at Colorado Avalanche (12-9-2)
NHL Hockey: Friday, December 1, 2017 at 9:00 pm (Pepsi Center)
The Line: Colorado Avalanche / New Jersey Devils --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
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The New Jersey Devils and Colorado Avalanche meet Friday in NHL action at the Pepsi Center.
The New Jersey Devils look for a spark of consistency here after splitting their last 10 games. The New Jersey Devils are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 23 percent of their power play opportunities. Brian Gibbons leads New Jersey with 11 goals, Taylor Hall has 18 assists and Will Butcher has 25 shots on goal. Defensively, the New Jersey Devils are allowing three goals per game and are killing 80.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Cory Schneider has given up 49 goals on 599 shots faced and Keith Kinkaid has allowed 21 goals on 224 shots. The New Jersey Devils have allowed three or less goals in nine of their last 11 games.
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The Colorado Avalanche also look for a victory here after splitting their last eight games. The Colorado Avalanche are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 19.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Gabriel Landeskog leads Colorado with nine goals, Nathan MacKinnon has 20 assists and Tyson Barrie has 52 shots on goal. Defensively, the Colorado Avalanche are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 77.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Semyon Varlamov has given up 41 goals on 434 shots faced and Jonathan Bernier has allowed 30 goals on 302 shots. The Colorado Avalanche have allowed three or less goals in six of their last seven games.
The Devils are 17-48 in their last 65 Friday games, 15-38 in their last 53 vs. a team with a winning record and 4-1 in their last 5 games playing on 3 or more days rest. The Avalanche are 12-40 in their last 52 games playing on 1 days rest, 6-2 in their last 8 home games and 25-62 in their last 87 overall. The Devils are 0-6 in the last 6 meetings in Colorado, 2-7 in the last 9 meetings and the under is 18-5-5 in the last 28 meetings.
Neither team has had much success stringing wins together, but the Colorado Avalanche have had a great deal of success at home recently and have owned the Devils in past meetings. Despite the Devils winning the past meeting in October, the Avalanche have won seven of the last nine meetings since 2014. I'll give the edge to the home team here.