Vancouver Canucks vs. Colorado Avalanche - 2/20/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Colorado Avalanche (31-23-4) at Vancouver Canucks (23-30-6)
NHL Hockey: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at 10:00 pm (Rogers Arena)
The Line: Vancouver Canucks -110 / Colorado Avalanche +100 --- Over/Under: 6 See the Latest Odds
TV: ALT, RSNP
The Colorado Avalanche and Vancouver Canucks meet Tuesday in NHL action at the Rogers Arena.
The Colorado Avalanche could use a win here after losing five of their last eight games. The Colorado Avalanche are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 18.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Nathan MacKinnon leads Colorado with 24 goals, Mikko Rantanen has 35 assists and Gabriel Landeskog has 125 shots on goal. Defensively, the Colorado Avalanche are allowing three goals per game and are killing 83.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Semyon Varlamov has given up 85 goals on 982 shots faced and Jonathan Bernier has allowed 79 goals on 914 shots. The Colorado Avalanche have allowed three or more goals in 10 of their last 12 games.
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The Vancouver Canucks could also use a win here after losing six of their last eight games. The Vancouver Canucks are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 20.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Brock Boeser leads Vancouver with 27 goals, Henrik Sedin has 36 assists and Thomas Vanek has 114 shots on goal. Defensively, the Vancouver Canucks are allowing 3.2 goals per game and are killing 78.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Jacob Markstrom has given up 115 goals on 1,244 shots faced and Anders Nilsson has allowed 58 goals on 643 shots. The Vancouver Canucks have allowed three or more goals in six of their last eight games.
The Avalanche are 16-37 in their last 53 Tuesday games, 12-41 in their last 53 road games and 0-5 in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest. The Canucks are 11-30 in their last 41 home games, 17-36 in their last 53 vs. Western Conference and 30-62 in their last 92 overall. The Avalanche are 3-12 in the last 15 meetings in Vancouver and 8-26 in the last 34 meetings.
You honestly shouldn't be looking to back either one of these teams, as the Vancouver Canucks are getting shelled left and right, can't win at home and have won back-to-back games just twice since December 7. The Colorado Avalanche are also horrible defensively and can't win to safe their lives on the road. If forced to pick a side, you have to lean Canucks because they're at home, and they've pretty much owned the Avalanche over the years.