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Colorado Avalanche vs. Toronto Maple Leafs - 12/29/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Toronto Maple Leafs (23-14-1) at Colorado Avalanche (17-16-3)

NHL Hockey: Friday, December 29, 2017 at 9:00 pm (Pepsi Center)

The Line: Colorado Avalanche / Toronto Maple Leafs --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: RSNONT, ALT

The Toronto Maple Leafs and Colorado Avalanche meet Friday in NHL action at the Pepsi Center.

The Toronto Maple Leafs look for another victory after winning six of their last 10 games. The Toronto Maple Leafs are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 22.2 percent of their power play opportunities. James van Riemsdyk leads Toronto with 16 goals, Mitch Marner has 22 assists and Auston Matthews has 84 shots on goal. Defensively, the Toronto Maple Leafs are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 82.5 percent of their opponents power plays. Frederik Andersen has given up 78 goals on 1,025 shots faced and Curtis McElhinney has allowed 19 goals on 227 shots. The Toronto Maple Leafs have allowed three or more goals in five of their last nine games.

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Colorado Avalanche vs. Toronto Maple Leafs - 12/29/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Colorado Avalanche look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last 10 games. The Colorado Avalanche are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 18.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Gabriel Landeskog leads Colorado with 13 goals, Nathan MacKinnon has 24 assists and Tyson Barrie has 77 shots on goal. Defensively, the Colorado Avalanche are allowing 3.3 goals per game and are killing 81.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Semyon Varlamov has given up 62 goals on 671 shots faced and Jonathan Bernier has allowed 41 goals on 382 shots. The Colorado Avalanche have allowed three or less goals in seven of their last nine games.

The Maple Leafs are 16-36 in their last 52 games playing on 0 days rest and 1-4 in their last 5 road games. The Avalanche are 17-45 in their last 62 games playing on 1 days rest, 0-4 in their last 4 Friday games and 30-70 in their last 100 overall. The Maple Leafs are 5-1 in the last 6 meetings in Colorado, 5-2 in the last 7 meetings and the road team is 10-3 in the last 13 meetings.

The Toronto Maple Leafs haven't had much success playing on the end of a back to back and can be sloppy on the road as well. However, the Colorado Avalanche haven't done a whole lot of winning reagrdless of the sitatuion and have become one of those teams that's hard to trust any given night. I'm going to side with the Maple Leafs on the road simply because I trust them more and the fact they have the advantage defensively. 

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