Colorado Avalanche (13-31-2) at Anaheim Ducks (27-15-9)
|Date & Time||Tuesday January 31, 2017, 10:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Anaheim Ducks -250 / Colorado Avalanche +220 --- Over/Under: 5
The Anaheim Ducks welcome the Colorado Avalanche to the Honda Center in NHL hockey action.
The Colorado Avalanche have endured their share of problems on the season and need a reversal of fortune immediately. That didn’t happen Wednesday as Vancouver sent the Avs in to the All Star break with a 3-2 defeat at the Pepsi Center. Matt Nieto and Mikko Rantanen tallied for the Avalanche but Calvin Pickard and his 38 stops were a losing effort. The Canucks offense came off the sticks of Marcus Granlund and Sven Baertschi who tallied twice with the game winner with 8:14 remaining in regulation to make a winner of Jacob Marstrom and his 30 saves. The Canucks are currently in the final playoff position in the Western Conference.
The Anaheim Ducks are receiving an unexpected challenge in the Pacific Division from the suddenly hot Edmonton Oilers. The Ducks are feeling the squeeze following a 4-0 loss to the Oilers on Wednesday as they saw their lead in the division reduced to a mere point which is not the way the team wanted to end the first half of the season. However, Edmonton was delighted with Leon Draisaitl scoring two times with Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Zack Kassian also finding the back of the net. Cam Talbot was outstanding with 26 stops for the shutout for his 4th of the year while John Gibson took the loss on 19 saves.
The under is 4-0-1 in Avalanche last 5 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600 and the under is 3-0-1 in Avalanche last 4 road games while the over is 3-0-1 in Avalanche last 4 vs. a team with a winning record. The Ducks are 4-0 in their last 4 when their opponent scores 2 goals or less in their previous game and the under is 8-0 in Ducks last 8 home games while the under is 4-0 in Ducks last 4 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400. The under is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings in Anaheim and the under is 6-2-1 in the last 9 meetings while the Avalanche are 6-16 in the last 22 meetings in Anaheim.
The trends support the Ducks and the under but I’m waiting on goalies for now…