Chicago Blackhawks (12-19-6) at Colorado Avalanche (19-10-6)
|Date & Time||Friday December 21, 2018, 9:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Colorado Avalanche -200 / Chicago Blackhawks +165 --- Over/Under: 6.5
The Chicago Blackhawks and Colorado Avalanche meet Friday in NHL action at the Pepsi Center.
The Chicago Blackhawks look for another victory after losing 10 of last 13 games. The Chicago Blackhawks are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 12 percent of their power play opportunities. Jonathan Toews leads Chicago with 16 goals, Patrick Kane has 24 assists and Alex DeBrincat has 97 shots on goal. Defensively, the Chicago Blackhawks are allowing 3.8 goals per game and are killing 72.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Corey Crawford has given up 71 goals on 722 shots faced and Cam Ward has allowed 56 goals on 501 shots. The Chicago Blackhawks have allowed three or more goals in six of their last eight games.
The Colorado Avalanche could also use a win here after losing five of their last eight games. The Colorado Avalanche are averaging 3.5 goals per game and are scoring on 28.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Gabriel Landeskog leads Colorado with 23 goals, Mikko Rantanen has 42 assists and Nathan MacKinnon has 153 shots on goal. Defensively, the Colorado Avalanche are allowing three goals per game and are killing 77.2 percent of their opponents power plays. Semyon Varlamov has given up 61 goals on 704 shots faced and Philipp Grubauer has allowed 40 goals on 415 shots. The Colorado Avalanche have allowed four or more goals in six of their last eight games.
The Blackhawks are 19-45 in their last 64 road games, 7-20 in their last 27 games playing on 0 days rest and 20-48 in their last 68 overall. The Avalanche are 7-3 in their last 10 vs. Western Conference and 1-5 in their last 6 Friday games. The Blackhawks are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings and the home team is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings. The over is 6-2 in Avalanche last 8 overall. The over is 4-1 in Blackhawks last 5 overall.
The Chicago Blackhawks have won back to back games for the first time since late October, but they're now on the end of a back to back, something they've been horrible on and one road win doesn't erase the fact they've lost 13 of their last 15. With that said, the Colorado Avalanche aren't lighting the world on fire and have serious defensive issues of their own. So, based on the value of the big plus money, the Blackhawks are probably worth a shot in the dark here. I can't take a slumping Avalanche and insane juice. So, I'll take my chances with the bigger payout and less risk.