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Colorado Avalanche vs. Chicago Blackhawks - 3/23/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Chicago Blackhawks at Colorado Avalanche
Date & Time Saturday March 23, 2019, 3:00 PM (EDT)
Location
Pepsi Center
Denver, Colorado
The Line
The Line: Chicago Blackhawks +105 / Colorado Avalanche -127 -- Over/Under: 6
TV Channel
NSCH, Alti
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The Chicago Blackhawks and Colorado Avalanche meet Saturday in NHL action at the Pepsi Center.

The Chicago Blackhawks look for a win here after splitting their last 12 games. The Chicago Blackhawks are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 20.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Patrick Kane leads Chicago with 41 goals, Jonathan Toews has 42 assists and Alex DeBrincat has 201 shots on goal. Defensively, the Chicago Blackhawks are allowing 3.6 goals per game and are killing 73.1 percent of their opponents power plays. Corey Crawford has given up 92 goals on 997 shots faced and Cam Ward has allowed 107 goals on 998 shots. The Chicago Blackhawks have allowed three or more goals in 10 of their last 14 games.

The Colorado Avalanche look for another victory after winning five of their last eight games. The Colorado Avalanche are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 22 percent of their power play opportunities. Nathan MacKinnon leads Colorado with 37 goals, Mikko Rantanen has 56 assists and Gabriel Landeskog has 230 shots on goal. Defensively, the Colorado Avalanche are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 77.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Semyon Varlamov has given up 130 goals on 1,438 shots faced and Philipp Grubauer has allowed 76 goals on 854 shots. The Colorado Avalanche have allowed a combined two goals in their last three games.

The Blackhawks are 4-1 in their last 5 games as a road underdog, 8-3 in their last 11 road games and 9-4 in their last 13 games as an underdog. The Avalanche are 4-1 in their last 5 games as a home favorite, 4-1 in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest and 5-13 in their last 18 games following a win. The road team is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings and the under is 4-1-1 in the last 6 meetings. The over is 37-11-4 in Blackhawks last 52 overall. The under is 6-1 in Avalanche last 7 overall.

The Colorado Avalanche have really improved over these last two weeks defensively and it's allowed them to string wins together to currently hold the last playoff spot. The Avalanche need to keep piling up the points if they're going to sneak into the postseason, and it's games like this they need to take advantage of to complete such a task. The Chicago Blackhawks have been solid on the road lately, but we're getting a team at home that still has something to for with a cheap price. I have to side with the Colorado Avalanche.

Pick:
Colorado Avalanche -127

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