Colorado Avalanche (20-46-3) at Detroit Red Wings (27-31-11)
|Date & Time||Saturday March 18, 2017, 1:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Detroit Red Wings -185 / Colorado Avalanche +166 --- Over/Under: 5
The Colorado Avalanche look for a rare road victory as they head into Joe Louis Arena to face off against the Detroit Red Wings.
The Avalanche have had a dismal season and their schedule continues with a road trip to the Motor City on Saturday afternoon as these long standing bitter rivals renew hostilities in a game that doesn’t have much significance in the standings. However, Colorado would love to spoil the party at the Joe on Saturday and while they haven’t had a great season and a number of their top end products have struggle to score goals they still have some great talent and can play with anyone when their team is at its best. The likes of Matt Duchene and Gabriel Landeskog were rumored to be trade bait last month but both remain with the team and while their future remains unclear they are still wearing an Avs sweater and the latter is still the team campaign and leader in the dressing room.
The Red Wings meanwhile look as though they are going to snap their incredibly quarter century long playoff streak as they are 13 points behind the Maple Leafs for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with only 13 games remaining and while they have had a magical run I don’t see any way they qualify for the playoffs this season. The Wings are dealing with life after Pavel Datsyuk as the dynamic play maker retired from the NHL after last season and is now back playing in his native Russia in the KHL and while Detroit does have some pieces that can fill that void they haven’t had a ton of consistency in the offensive zone and will need to make adjustments in the offseason.
The Avalanche are 2-9 in their last 11 Saturday games and 11-40 in their last 51 overall while the Wings are 1-4 in their last five following a win and 1-7 in their last eight on one day’s rest. Neither of these teams are playing well and this is going to be a no play for me but if you have to I would take a flier with the Avs who are paying out well in a game that figures to be a coin flip.