Colorado Avalanche at Chicago Blackhawks
|Date & Time||Sunday March 24, 2019, 8:00 PM (EDT)|
Chicago Blackhawks -108 / Colorado Avalanche -108
The Colorado Avalanche and the Chicago Blackhawks meet in the second half of a home-and-home set from the United Center in NHL action on Sunday evening.
The Colorado Avalanche come into this game looking to extend their current winning streak which sits at 4 games while Chicago will be out to snap a 3-game losing skid after Colorado’s 4-2 home win over Chicago on Saturday.
The game was scoreless through the opening 20 minutes before J.T. Compher broke the deadlock to give the Avs a 1-0 lead. Jonathan Toews would respond just 2:13 later to tie the game at 1-1. Colin Wilson would restore the lead for Colorado in the latter stages of the middle frame to give the Avalanche a 2-1 lead in the 2nd intermission.
Sven Andrighetto pushed the lead to 3-1 for Colorado just 1:26 into the 3rd before Erik Gustafsson cut the deficit back to 3-2 just after the midway point of the period. That’s as close as Chicago would get though, as Derick Brassard iced the win for Colorado with an empty-netter with just over two minutes to go in the game.
Phillipp Grubauer got the win for Colorado, stopping 29 of the 31 shots he faced to improve to 15-9-3 on the year while Corey Crawford took the loss between the pipes for Chicago, allowing 3 goals on 24 shots faced in the losing effort.
Colorado is 4-0 in their last 4 games overall and 5-1 in their last 6 games against a team with a losing record while the under is 4-0 in their last 4 road games. Chicago is 5-2 in their last 7 games overall and 7-21 in their last 28 games playing on no rest while the over is 19-6-1 in their last 26 home games. The road team is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.
Beating the same team twice in as many days is a tall task, especially when you factor in how well the Blackhawks have been playing lately. However, Colorado simply needs this win more as they’re in the thick of the playoff race and currently holding onto the 2nd wild card spot at the time that I’m posting this. Chicago is still in it too and could use the win at home, but the Avs have more to lose right now and I’ll side with Colorado to pick up a massive road win in this one.