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Red Wings vs. Avalanche - 12/21/14 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Colorado Avalanche (11-13-8) at Detroit Red Wings (17-8-8)
Date & Time Sunday December 21, 2014, 6:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Detroit Red Wings / Colorado Avalanche --- Over/Under:
TV Channel
ALT, FSDT
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NHL | Colorado Avalanche (11-13-8) at Detroit Red Wings (17-8-8)
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The Colorado Avalanche and Detroit Red Wings play Sunday afternoon at the Joe Louis Arena.

The Colorado Avalanche have split their last four games and end a three-game road trip. The Avalanche are averaging 2.4 goals per game and have scored seven goals in their last three games. The Colorado Avalanche have three power play goals in their last six games and have won seven of their last nine games when scoring at least three goals overall. Matt Duchene leads Colorado with 10 goals, Gabriel Landeskog has 12 assists and Erik Johnson has 78 shots on goal. Defensively, the Avalanche are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are 6-6 on power play kills in their last two games. Semyon Varlamov has allowed 47 goals on 517 shots faced and Calvin Pickard has given up 25 goals on 390 shots.

The Detroit Red Wings have lost five straight and are quickly dropping in the Atlantic. The Red Wings are averaging 2.8 goals per game and have scored two goals in their last three games. The Detroit Red Wings have scored three power play goals in their last four games and have won nine of their last 10 games when scoring at least three goals overall. Gustav Nyquist leads Detroit with 14 goals, Henrik Zetterberg has 21 assists and Tomas Tatar has 84 shots on goal. Defensively, the Red Wings are allowing 2.3 goals per game and haven’t allowed a power play goal in six of their last seven games. Jimmy Howard has allowed 53 goals on 674 shots faced and Petr Mrazek has given up 12 goals on 154 shots.

The Avalanche are 5-16 in their last 21 road games and 2-5 in their last 7 vs. Atlantic. The Red Wings are 5-0 in their last 5 vs. Western Conference and 4-11 in their last 15 Sunday games. The Avalanche are 18-37 in the last 55 meetings.

Not sure how anybody can back the Red Wings with the way they've been playing recently. Give me the Avalanche in this spot, as it's more of a fade from Detroit. 

Pick:
Colorado Avalanche

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