Colorado Avalanche (4-8-5) at New York Rangers (7-6-2)
|Date & Time||Thursday November 13, 2014, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: New York Rangers -166 / Colorado Avalanche +151 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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The Colorado Avalanche and New York Rangers meet Thursday at Madison Square Garden.
The Colorado Avalanche have lost five of their last six games and continue to struggle on the defensive end. The Avalanche are allowing 3.2 goals per game on the season and have given up 10 goals in their last two games. While the Colorado Avalanche are killing 87.3 percent of their power plays, they’ve lost 12 of their 14 games this season when allowing three or more goals. Reto Berra has given up 12 goals on 139 shots, Semyon Varlamov has allowed 33 goals on 404 shots and Calvin Pickard has given up seven goals on 63 shots. Offensively, Alex Tanguay leads Colorado with six goals, Erik Johnson has seven assists and Nathan MacKinnon has 51 shots on goal. The Avalanche are looking for just their second road win of the season.
The New York Rangers have split their last four games and are in the middle of the Metropolitan division. The Rangers offense leads the way, averaging 2.9 goals per game on the season and scoring 10 goals in their last three games. The New York Rangers have won five of their last seven games when scoring three or more goals. Rick Nash leads New York with 12 goals, Martin St. Louis has seven assists and Derick Brassard has 31 shots on goal. The Rangers power play has also improved, scoring four power play goals in their last five games. Defensively, Henrik Lundqvist has allowed 30 goals on 348 shots faced and Cam Talbot has given up 12 goals on 100 shots. The Rangers are 6-6 on power play kills in their last two games.
The Avalanche are 3-13 in their last 16 road games and 7-19 in their last 26 overall. The Rangers are 5-1 in their last 6 games playing on 1 days rest and 2-8 in their last 10 games following a win. The Avalanche are 8-3 in the last 11 meetings in New York and 4-1 in the last 5 meetings overall.
I don't love the juice, but can you really trust the Avalanche on the road? Yeah. I can't either. Take New York as long as you think the price is fair.