Anaheim Ducks vs. Colorado Avalanche - 2/21/20 NHL Pick, Odds & Prediction

Anaheim Ducks vs. Colorado Avalanche - 2/21/20 NHL Pick, Odds & Prediction Photo by Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Colorado Avalanche at Anaheim Ducks

Friday, February 21, 2020 at 10:00 PM (Honda Center)

Colorado Avalanche at Anaheim Ducks

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The Colorado Avalanche and Anaheim Ducks meet Friday in NHL action at the Honda Center.

The Colorado Avalanche look for a win after splitting their last six games. The Colorado Avalanche are averaging 3.6 goals per game and are scoring on 19.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Nathan MacKinnon leads Colorado with 33 goals, Cale Makar has 33 assists and Gabriel Landeskog has 113 shots on goal. Defensively, the Colorado Avalanche are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 79 percent of their opponents power plays. Philipp Grubauer has allowed 90 goals on 1,067 shots and Pavel Francouz has allowed 53 goals on 691 shots. The Colorado Avalanche have allowed three or less goals in eight of their last nine games.

The Anaheim Ducks need a win after losing five of their last seven games. The Anaheim Ducks are averaging 2.5 goals per game and are scoring on 14.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Adam Henrique leads Anaheim with 21 goals, Ryan Getzlaf has 26 assists and Rickard Rakell has 149 shots on goal. Defensively, the Anaheim Ducks are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 77.9 percent of their opponents power plays. John Gibson has given up 129 goals on 1,349 shots faced and Ryan Miller has allowed 52 goals on 557 shots. The Anaheim Ducks have allowed three or more goals in seven of their last 12 games.

The Avalanche are 7-19 in the last 26 meetings in Anaheim and 17-35 in the last 52 meetings. The underdog is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings. The over is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.

The Anaheim Ducks have had the upper hand over the Avalanche over the years, which includes three straight wins and victories in seven of the last 10 meetings. The problem is the Ducks aren't a good team this year and it seems like their play is getting even worse, especially on the defensive side where they're giving up 4.25 goals per game in their last four contests. I want little to do with the Ducks. If the Colorado Avalanche were to ever get a rare win over the Ducks, now would be a good spot. 

Randy’s Pick Colorado Avalanche -147

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.