Anaheim Ducks at Colorado Avalanche Preview & Prediction

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Very often in the NHL, we will see a tight divisional race burst wide open as the end of the regular season approaches. The best teams in the league always seem to find a way to kick it up a notch as they move into the higher gear required for a successful playoff run. It really is no coincidence that the teams who head into the postseason on a particularly hot run of form are often the ones who make a deep run in the quest for a Stanley Cup. There are still a few weeks left in the regular season, but we are already beginning to see teams make that move. The Boston Bruins, who lost in the Final last season, are beginning to roll in the Eastern Conference, while over in the West, the St. Louis Blues and the Colorado Avalanche are in a total slugfest as they look to win the Central Division and take the #1 seed in the conference. The Avalanche will look to keep their hot streak alive with a home tilt against the Anaheim Ducks. Colorado is favored by 1 ½, with the goal total set at 6.

When: Wednesday, March 4 at 9:30 PM EST
Where: Pepsi Center, Denver
TV: NBCSN
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Why bet on the Anaheim Ducks

It won’t be too long now before we begin to see more and more teams officially eliminated from playoff contention. When that happens, the Anaheim Ducks will be one of the first to go. It has been a horrible, albeit not unexpected, season for the Ducks, who are sitting near the bottom of the Western Conference with a season record of 26-32-8. There have been a lot of issues with Anaheim this season, but their lack of scoring is often what really stands out. They come into this one on the heels of back to back losses, getting outscored 9-2 in the process and falling to 3-6-1 in their last 10 games. The Ducks are 12-18-4 on the road this season, with one of these victories being a 5-2 win over the Avalanche in their last visit to Denver earlier this season.

Why bet on the Colorado Avalanche

It’s a great time to be a fan of the Colorado Avalanche, but there also has to be a little bit of frustration in there, too. Colorado has reeled off 7 straight wins, but they have done so at the same time as the St. Louis Blues winning 8 in a row, which means that the Avalanche remain in second in the Central with 87 points, 3 back of the defending Stanley Cup champions. While the Avs have been winning regularly, they are not blowing the opposition away. Look at their last 5 games and you will see that Colorado has won them all by a single goal. Colorado is now 7-2-1 in their last 10 games and have been tough to beat at home, going 17-9-3 on the season.

 

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

The Avalanche have actually been better on the road than at home this season, but I think the roll that they are on will carry them through this one. I am taking Colorado to win and cover on Wednesday night.

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