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Colorado Avalanche vs. Chicago Blackhawks - 3/30/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Chicago Blackhawks (32-36-10) at Colorado Avalanche (41-28-8)
Date & Time Friday March 30, 2018, 9:00 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: Colorado Avalanche -192 / Chicago Blackhawks +160 --- Over/Under:
TV Channel
CSNC, ALT2
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NHL | Chicago Blackhawks (32-36-10) at Colorado Avalanche (41-28-8)
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The Chicago Blackhawks and Colorado Avalanche meet Friday in NHL action at the Pepsi Center.

The Chicago Blackhawks could use a feel good victory here after losing eight of their last 11 games. The Chicago Blackhawks are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 16 percent of their power play opportunities. Patrick Kane leads Chicago with 26 goals, Duncan Keith has 30 assists and Jonathan Toews has 211 shots on goal. Defensively, the Chicago Blackhawks are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 79.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Corey Crawford has given up 60 goals on 842 shots faced and Anton Forsberg has allowed 85 goals on 921 shots. The Chicago Blackhawks have allowed four or more goals in seven of their last 10 games.

The Colorado Avalanche look for a spark of consistency here after splitting their last eight games. The Colorado Avalanche are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 20.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Nathan MacKinnon leads Colorado with 38 goals, Mikko Rantanen has 53 assists and Gabriel Landeskog has 166 shots on goal. Defensively, the Colorado Avalanche are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 83.5 percent of their opponents power plays. Semyon Varlamov has given up 128 goals on 1,565 shots faced and Jonathan Bernier has allowed 83 goals on 953 shots. The Colorado Avalanche have allowed two or less goals in seven of their last 10 games.

The Blackhawks are 4-1 in their last 5 Friday games, 2-11 in their last 13 road games and 7-20 in their last 27 overall. The Avalanche are 16-5 in their last 21 home games, 2-6 in their last 8 Friday games and 26-57 in their last 83 vs. Western Conference. The home team is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings and the over is 4-1-1 in the last 6 meetings.

Despite winning last night, the Chicago Blackhawks remain one of the more unbackable teams in the league, as they haven't won two straight in over a month, can't get stops defensively and get rocked on the road time and time again. The Colorado Avalanche have played their best hockey all season at home and have a clear edge defensively in this matchup. The fact we're getting less than a -200 line in this game, I have to side with the Colorado Avalanche.

Pick:
Colorado Avalanche -192

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