Anaheim Ducks (43-16-7) at Colorado Avalanche (43-18-5)
|Date & Time||Friday March 14, 2014, 9:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Colorado Avalanche -105 / Anaheim Ducks -105 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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The Ducks look to shake off a two game losing streak while the Avalanche look to continue their magical season with their third win in a row.
Anaheim has been on top of the Pacific division since the opening day of the NHL season and have held the league’s top mark for almost as long but with less than 20 games remaining the Ducks have hit a rough patch and are hanging on for dear life in the Pacific division. Anaheim has been very impressive from the crease out this season as Jonas Hiller has been spectacular and their young blue line is emerging as one of the best in the game which provides support for a physical and very talented crop of forwards. The Ducks remain atop the Pacific division but the red hot Sharks who have won four in a row are tied with them in points and can move ahead of them this weekend if Anaheim can’t shake its losing ways. Hiller gets the call between the pipes as he goes up against Semyon Varlamov for the Avs.
Colorado has had a very special season as they have shaken off last year’s debacle and emerged as one of the Stanley Cup contenders in a ridiculously competitive Western Conference. New head coach Patrick Roy has to be in the running for NHL coach of the year as he has led the AVs from drafting first overall last year to challenging for the Central division crown this year and either way they’re going to have a shot at competing for the Cup as it is almost certain they will at very least make the playoffs. Colorado continues to get disrespected by the oddsmakers in large part because of their futility last season and I am almost tempted to bite on a very nice price for the home side but I think the Ducks will come flying here and hamble the Avs a little bit. The Ducks players were furious after their shellacking in Calgary and with the leaders they have on that team I think they make a statement here.