Chicago Blackhawks (5-4-2) at Colorado Avalanche (5-4-0)
|Date & Time||Saturday October 28, 2017, 9:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Colorado Avalanche +116 / Chicago Blackhawks -128 --- Over/Under:
The Chicago Blackhawks and Colorado Avalanche meet Saturday in NHL action at the Pepsi Center.
The Chicago Blackhawks could use a feel good victory here after losing five of their last seven games. The Chicago Blackhawks are averaging 3.4 goals per game and are scoring on 15.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Brandon Saad leads Chicago with six goals, Patrick Kane has seven assists and Richard Panik has 24 shots on goal. Defensively, the Chicago Blackhawks are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 85 percent of their opponents power plays. Corey Crawford has given up 17 goals on 268 shots faced and Anton Forsberg has allowed six goals on 85 shots. The Chicago Blackhawks have allowed two or more goals in seven of their last nine games.
The Colorado Avalanche could also use a feel good victory here after losing four of their last five games. The Colorado Avalanche are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 15 percent of their power play opportunities. Matt Duchene leads Colorado with three goals, Tyson Barrie has six assists and Mikko Rantanen has 24 shots on goal. Defensively, the Colorado Avalanche are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 77.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Semyon Varlamov has given up 14 goals on 197 shots faced and Jonathan Bernier has allowed nine goals on 85 shots. The Colorado Avalanche have allowed three or more goals in seven of their last nine games. Gabriel Bourque is questionable with an upper-body injury.
The Blackhawks are 6-2 in their last 8 games playing on 0 days rest, 24-11 in their last 35 Saturday games and 2-8 in their last 10 road games. The Avalanche are 27-64 in their last 91 games playing on 0 days rest, 5-2 in their last 7 home games and 6-20 in their last 26 Saturday games. The Blackhawks are 5-2 in the last 7 meetings in Colorado, 6-2 in the last 8 meetings and the over is 4-1-1 in the last 6 meetings in Colorado.
Both teams struggling at the moment and both teams on the end of a back-to-back. It really comes down to which team do you trust will break out of their funk sooner. While the Avalanche have played their best hockey at home, I have more faith that the Blackhawks offense can find enough holes in this Colorado defense to get the victory. I'll take the more talented team and the reasonable price on the road.