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Colorado Avalanche vs. Vancouver Canucks - 2/27/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Vancouver Canucks at Colorado Avalanche
Date & Time Wednesday February 27, 2019, 9:30 PM (EST)
Location
Pepsi Center
Denver, Colorado
The Line
The Line: Vancouver Canucks +143 / Colorado Avalanche -175 -- Over/Under: 6
TV Channel
Alti, RSNP
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NHL | Vancouver Canucks at Colorado Avalanche
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The Vancouver Canucks and Colorado Avalanche meet Wednesday in NHL action at the Pepsi Center.

The Vancouver Canucks could use a win here after losing eight of their last 11 games. The Vancouver Canucks are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 15.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Elias Pettersson leads Vancouver with 26 goals, Bo Horvat has 25 assists and Brock Boeser has 151 shots on goal. Defensively, the Vancouver Canucks are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 80.1 percent of their opponents power plays. Jacob Markstrom has given up 132 goals on 1,503 shots faced and Thatcher Demko has allowed three goals on 39 shots. The Vancouver Canucks have allowed three or more goals in eight of their last 10 games.

The Colorado Avalanche look for another win after winning five of their last seven games. The Colorado Avalanche are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 22.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Gabriel Landeskog leads Colorado with 33 goals, Mikko Rantanen has 54 assists and Nathan MacKinnon has 276 shots on goal. Defensively, the Colorado Avalanche are allowing 3.2 goals per game and are killing 77 percent of their opponents power plays. Semyon Varlamov has given up 114 goals on 1,278 shots faced and Philipp Grubauer has allowed 70 goals on 674 shots. The Colorado Avalanche have allowed three or less goals in seven of their last nine games.

The Canucks are 19-42 in their last 61 games as a road underdog, 20-43 in their last 63 road games and 2-6 in their last 8 games as an underdog. The Avalanche are 4-9 in their last 13 games as a favorite, 1-4 in their last 5 games as a home favorite and 2-7 in their last 9 home games. The Canucks are 5-1 in the last 6 meetings in Colorado and 28-10 in the last 38 meetings. The under is 4-0 in Canucks last 4 overall. The over is 11-4 in Avalanche last 15 games playing on 1 days rest.

The Vancouver Canucks have had the upper hand over the Colorado Avalanche over the years, winning seven of the last 10 meetings, which includes a 5-1 win on the first of this month. The problem is the Canucks enter this contest in downright brutal form and have been held to two or less goals in five of their last seven games. The Colorado Avalanche have kind of flipped the switch the last couple of weeks and find themselves in the thick of the playoff race yet again. The Avalanche have to take advantage of games like this if they're going to make the postseason. 

Pick:
Colorado Avalanche -175

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