Colorado Avalanche (2-2) at Anaheim Ducks (1-2-1)
NHL Hockey: Friday, January 22, 2021 at 10:00 pm (Honda Center)
The Line: Anaheim Ducks +180 / Colorado Avalanche -222 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Colorado Avalanche and Anaheim Ducks meet Friday in NHL action at the Honda Center.
The Colorado Avalanche look for a win to get a game above a .500 record. The Colorado Avalanche are averaging 4.5 goals per game and are scoring on 54.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Andre Burakovsky leads Colorado with two goals, Samuel Girard has four assists and Mikko Rantanen has 12 shots on goal. Defensively, the Colorado Avalanche are allowing two goals per game and are killing 100 percent of their opponents power plays. Philipp Grubauer has allowed six goals on 78 shots faced.
The Anaheim Ducks could use a win here to rebound from a 1-2-1 record. The Anaheim Ducks are averaging 1.5 goals per game and are scoring on zero percent of their power play opportunities. Max Comtois leads Anaheim with three goals, Carter Rowney has three assists and Rickard Rakell has 11 shots on goal. Defensively, the Anaheim Ducks are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 90.9 percent of their opponents power plays. John Gibson has given up six goals on 95 shots faced and Ryan Miller has given up three goals on 32 shots.
The Avalanche are 4-1 in their last 5 road games and 4-1 in their last 5 games as a road favorite. The Ducks are 10-27 in their last 37 games playing on 1 days rest and 1-4 in their last 5 overall. The over is 10-3 in Avalanche last 13 overall. The under is 4-1 in Ducks last 5 overall. The Avalanche are 8-19 in the last 27 meetings in Anaheim and 17-35 in the last 52 meetings.
The Colorado Avalanche are easily the better team here and there's little reason to back the Ducks given their struggles even dating back to last season. However, this line is on the expensive side, especially when you consider Colorado is on the end of a back to back. During these weird times and with the season still so fresh, who knows how a team is going to respond playing on zero days rest. The Anaheim Ducks have also had the upper hand over the Avalanche over the years. It's a shot in the dark, but I'll grab some of the big plus money with the Ducks here.