Vancouver Canucks vs. Colorado Avalanche - 3/6/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Colorado Avalanche (40-18-8) at Vancouver Canucks (34-26-6)
NHL Hockey: Friday, March 6, 2020 at 10:00 pm (Rogers Arena)
The Line: Vancouver Canucks +131 / Colorado Avalanche -145 --- Over/Under: 5.5
TV: Alti, RSNP
The Colorado Avalanche and Vancouver Canucks meet Friday in NHL action at the Rogers Arena.
The Colorado Avalanche look to stay hot after winning seven of their last eight games. The Colorado Avalanche are averaging 3.4 goals per game and are scoring on 18.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Nathan MacKinnon leads Colorado with 34 goals, Cale Makar has 35 assists and Gabriel Landeskog has 134 shots on goal. Defensively, the Colorado Avalanche are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 81 percent of their opponents power plays. Philipp Grubauer has allowed 90 goals on 1,067 shots and Pavel Francouz has allowed 64 goals on 880 shots. The Colorado Avalanche have allowed three or less goals in 14 of their last 16 games.
The Vancouver Canucks need a win after losing six of their last eight games. The Vancouver Canucks are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 24 percent of their power play opportunities. JT Miller leads Vancouver with 26 goals, Quinn Hughes has 44 assists and Tanner Pearson has 159 shots on goal. Defensively, the Vancouver Canucks are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 79.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Jacob Markstrom has given up 117 goals on 1,420 shots faced and Thatcher Demko has allowed 69 goals on 719 shots. The Vancouver Canucks have allowed three or more goals in 13 of their last 15 games.
The Avalanche are 5-1 in their last 6 games as a favorite, 19-7 in their last 26 road games and 7-1 in their last 8 overall. The Canucks are 12-4 in their last 16 home games, 2-5 in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest and 0-4 in their last 4 overall. The under is 8-0 in Avalanche last 8 road games. The over is 12-3-1 in Canucks last 16 overall. The Avalanche are 5-13 in the last 18 meetings in Vancouver and 12-28 in the last 40 meetings.
The Colorado Avalanche should be favored and should get the job done against a slumping Canucks team, but I'm siding with the over in this spot. Five of the last seven meetings between the Avalanche and Canucks have produced six or more goals and the last four meetings overall are averaging 8.25 goals. The over has cashed each of the last four times in Vancouver, and the over has been a dominant trend for the Canucks overall these last few weeks. I'll take the over.