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Avalanche vs. Senators - 1/8/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Ottawa Senators (16-15-8) at Colorado Avalanche (16-16-8)
Date & Time Thursday January 8, 2015, 9:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Colorado Avalanche -135 / Ottawa Senators +122 --- Over/Under: 5.5
TV Channel
RDS, ALT
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NHL | Ottawa Senators (16-15-8) at Colorado Avalanche (16-16-8)
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The Ottawa Senators and Colorado Avalanche meet Thursday night at the Pepsi Center.

The Ottawa Senators have split their last four games and play yet another road game. The Senators are averaging 2.6 goals per game and have scored six goals in their last three games. The Ottawa Senators haven’t scored a power play goal in seven straight games and have won four of their last five games when scoring at least three goals overall. Mike Hoffman leads Ottawa with 13 goals, Erik Karlsson has 20 assists and Kyle Turris has 120 shots on goal. Defensively, the Senators are allowing 2.6 goals per game and have allowed a power play goal in six of their last seven games. Craig Anderson has allowed 59 goals on 829 shots faced and Robin Lehner has given up 43 goals on 459 shots faced.

The Colorado Avalanche have won five of their last eight games and are dead last in the Central. The Avalanche are averaging 2.5 goals per game and have scored seven goals in their last three games. The Colorado Avalanche have one power play goal in their last six games and have won four of their last five games when scoring at least three goals overall. Alex Tanguay leads Colorado with 12 goals, Tyson Barrie has 21 assists and Matt Duchene has 101 shots on goal. Defensively, the Avalanche are allowing 2.9 goals per game and have allowed a power play goal in four of their last eight games. Semyon Varlamov has allowed 58 goals on 706 shots faced and Calvin Pickard has given up 30 goals on 457 shots.

The Senators are 3-8 in their last 11 road games and 2-5 in their last 7 overall. The Avalanche are 5-13 in their last 18 games following a win and 5-2 in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest. The Senators are 2-5 in the last 7 meetings in Colorado and 1-7 in the last 8 meetings overall.

Both teams are so inconsistent and for the most part an average team. The Avalanche are simply getting love from the oddmakers due to their little hot streak they have going. I like the value of the plus money with the Senators given that the seperation between these two teams is very small. 

Pick:
Ottawa Senators +122

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