Chicago Blackhawks (12-8-1) at Colorado Avalanche (7-9-5)
|Date & Time||Wednesday November 26, 2014, 9:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Colorado Avalanche +145 / Chicago Blackhawks -160 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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The Blackhawks look to continue their reign of terror on Wednesday night as they head into Denver to take on the Colorado Avalanche.
The Chicago Blackhawks have been business as usual to start the season as the perennial Cup contenders are back in familiar territory in the Western Conference as they are battling for top spot in the division with the Preds and Blues. Chicago got off to a red hot start before cooling off a little bit but after a 7-1 drubbing they laid down on the Edmonton Oilers the Hawks have their swagger back and they'll look to continue that success in Denver. The Blackhawks are well known for their offensive prowess and while they have a ton of star power on the back end as well this season has been something special as they are tied with the Wild for the fewest goals allowed in the league and Corey Crawford is putting up video game numbers between the pipes as he sports a sub two GAA. If the Hawks can continue to get production out of Crawford they will almost certainly be at least co-favourites in the West and could very well grab another Stanley Cup for their storied franchise.
The Avalanche haven't had the start many envisioned they would have during the preseason as they were the Central division champions a year ago but I think we are finally seeing where this team should sit in the league standings and they are feeling the effect of losing Paul Stastny. Colorado is still a very solid team that should compete for a playoff spot but I think last year's success has exacerbated expectation and with Semyon Varlamov returning to being a human in the crease it has left the Avs in a tough spot as they try to address their woes in the early going. This to me is a game that should be tighter than the line indicates and while Chicago is the better side they have been average on the road this season and I don't think they should be this heavily favoured against an Avs team who we are starting to get value on after a full year of being overvalued last season. I don't know if the Avs will win but I think it will be tight and I like this one to stay under the total in a low scoring affair.