We are at the stage of the NHL season where the pressure really begins to build. The playoffs are now just a matter of a few weeks away, with the jockeying for playoff spots sure to continue until the final night of the season. Some teams will up their game and force their way into a playoff spot, while others will buckle under the pressure and come up short. There are already a few teams who appear to be getting into playoff mode by going on winning streaks that are sure to build confidence ahead of the bigger challenges still to come. Two teams that really seem to be putting the pedal to the metal right now are the St. Louis Blues and the Colorado Avalanche, both of whom are on extended winning streaks and in a battle for the Central Division and the #1 seed in the Western Conference. The Colorado Avalanche will look to keep their great run alive when they host the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday night. Colorado needs a win to keep pace with the Blues and will start this one as a 1 ½ goal favorite, with the O/U set at 5 ½. Let’s see how the NHL odds will be for the Ducks vs Avalanche.
Ducks vs Avalanche 2020 NHL Game Preview & Betting Odds
- When: Wednesday, March 4 at 9:30 PM EST
- Where: Pepsi Center, Denver
- TV: NBCSN
- NHL Odds: Colorado Avalanche -1.5 / Total 5.5
We are back at it in the Mile High City tonight.GAME PREVIEW: https://t.co/XE4LfbDDu5#LetsGoDucks pic.twitter.com/bFbN808CUK — Anaheim Ducks (@AnaheimDucks) March 4, 2020
Why bet on the Anaheim Ducks
The Anaheim Ducks are on the brink of being officially eliminated from playoff contention, which will not come as much of a surprise to those who follow hockey. Even though they were expected to struggle, it’s still more than a little disappointing to meet those expectations, with the Ducks languishing near the bottom of the Pacific Division with a 26-32-8 record. The Ducks have never really been seen as an offensive force, even in the years when they were among the best in the Western Conference, and that has certainly been the case this season, with just 170 goals to their name. They have managed just 2 goals in their last 2 games, while surrendering 9 in those outings. They beat Colorado 5-2 on the road earlier this season, but they are just 12-18-4 away from home overall.
- Goals: 2.58
- Shots: 30
- PP/PK Percentage: 14.37
- Goals: 3.2
- Shots: 31.92
- PP/PK Percentage: 22.84
Why bet on the Colorado Avalanche
The Colorado Avalanche rebuild of the last few seasons looks to be complete, as they are now one of the best teams that the Western Conference has to offer. They are coming into this one on the heels of a 7-game winning streak that has taken them to 7-2-1 in their last 10 games, but they have not made up any ground on the St. Louis Blues at the top of the Central during that run, simply because the Blues are on an 8-game winning run. Colorado sit 3 points back of the Blues right now and are hanging in there due to their ability to win tight games, with each of their last 5 decided by a single goal. Colorado has a better record on the road than at home, but they are still 17-9-3 in their own building.
- Goals: 3.43
- Shots: 32.57
- PP/PK Percentage: 18.22
- Goals: 2.66
- Shots: 31.51
- PP/PK Percentage: 19.59
Ducks vs Avalanche NHL Betting Trends
- Anaheim are 2-6 SU in their last 8 games.
- Anaheim are 8-4 SU in their last 12 games against Colorado.
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of Anaheim’s last 5 games on the road.
- Anaheim are 13-6 SU in their last 19 games when playing on the road against Colorado.
- Anaheim are 4-9 SU in their last 13 games this season.
- The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Colorado’s last 7 games.
- Colorado are 7-0 SU in their last 7 games.
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of Colorado’s last 6 games against Anaheim.
- The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Colorado’s last 6 games at home.
- Colorado are 6-13 SU in their last 19 games when playing at home against Anaheim.
Ducks vs Avalanche Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
Colorado are on a fantastic run of form right now, while the Ducks are slowly sinking. I don’t see the Avalanche losing at home to Anaheim twice in the same season, which is why I have them to win and cover tonight.
Anaheim Ducks 1 Colorado Avalanche 5