The Colorado Avalanche and Vancouver Canucks meet Thursday in NHL action at the Rogers Arena. The Colorado Avalanche have lost 4 straight games. The Vancouver Canucks have lost 3 straight games.
The Colorado Avalanche are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 26.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Mikko Rantanen leads Colorado with 25 goals, Nathan MacKinnon has 27 assists and Cale Maker has 118 shots on goal. Defensively, the Colorado Avalanche are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 75.4 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Alexandar Georgiev has allowed 72 goals on 843 shots faced, and Pavel Francouz has given up 25 goals on 286 shots.
The Vancouver Canucks are averaging 3.4 goals per game and are scoring on 25 percent of their power play opportunities. Bo Horvat leads Vancouver with 28 goals, Quinn Hughes has 30 assists and Elias Pettersson has 110 shots on goal. Defensively, the Vancouver Canucks are allowing 3.8 goals per game and are killing 67.9 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Thatcher Demko has given up 56 goals on 479 shots faced, and Spencer Martin has allowed 73 goals on 626 shots.
The Avalanche are 35-17 in their last 52 road games and 87-41 in their last 128 overall. The Canucks are 0-4 in their last 4 vs. Central. The under is 18-7-1 in Avalanche last 26 overall. The over is 3-0-1 in Canucks last 4 home games. The Avalanche are 6-14 in the last 20 meetings in Vancouver and 14-31 in the last 45 meetings. The over is 5-0-1 in the last 6 meetings in Vancouver and 4-1-1 in the last 6 meetings.
The Colorado Avalanche are the better team on paper and should be favored, but the bottom line is both of these teams have run into a rough patch this week and backing either side is a tough sell right now. The Vancouver Canucks are at least at home, and they are a team that's had past success against the Avs. Two teams in need of a victory, I'll take a stab with the home dog.