Red Wings vs Avalanche Pick – NHL Predictions & Odds 3/18/23

Colorado Avalanche (39-22-6) vs. Detroit Red Wings (30-28-9)
March 18, 2023 1:00 pm EDT
The Line: Detroit Red Wings +175 / Colorado Avalanche -222; Over/Under: +6.5
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The Colorado Avalanche and Detroit Red Wings meet Saturday in NHL action at the Little Caesars Arena. Let’s preview this game and give out a pick and prediction.

The Colorado Avalanche are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 24.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Mikko Rantanen leads Colorado with 45 goals, Nathan MacKinnon has 56 assists and Evan Rodrigues has 166 shots on goal. Defensively, the Colorado Avalanche are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 79.3 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Alexandar Georgiev has allowed 127 goals on 1,519 shots faced, and Pavel Francouz has given up 38 goals on 470 shots.

The Detroit Red Wings are averaging 3 goals per game and are scoring on 21.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Dylan Larkin leads Detroit with 25 goals, Moritz Seider has 30 assists and David Perron has 164 shots on goal. Defensively, the Detroit Red Wings are allowing 3.2 goals per game and are killing 77.8 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Ville Husso has given up 139 goals on 1,433 shots faced, and Magnus Hellberg has allowed 34 goals on 333 shots.

The Avalanche are 46-22 in their last 68 road games and 143-69 in their last 212 overall. The Red Wings are 5-2 in their last 7 home games and 2-8 in their last 10 overall. The under is 20-8-3 in Avalanche last 31 road games. The over is 4-1 in Red Wings last 5 vs. Central. The Avalanche are 4-0 in the last 4 meetings in Detroit and 13-3 in the last 16 meetings. The favorite is 8-0 in the last 8 meetings.

The Colorado Avalanche are one of the more trustworthy teams on the road dating back to last season, and they often don’t lose games they’re not supposed to. The Detroit Red Wings look like a team ready for the offseason to begin, and they’ve been beaten and abused by the Avalanche over the years. The only way to go here for me is to side with the Avs and the PL for max betting value.

Randy Chambers's Free Pick: Colorado Avalanche -1.5

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