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NHL Pick: Colorado Avalanche at Anaheim Ducks

Overview

The Colorado Avalanche are in Anaheim tonight where they take on the Ducks. The Avalanche haven’t had much luck versus the Ducks over the past 4 or 5 seasons losing 21 of the last 28 meetings overall and they have also lost 16 of the last 21 meetings played in Anaheim so maybe if your an optimist you could say they are due for a few wins versus the Ducks.

Head to Head Trends

Avalanche are 7-21 in the last 28 meetings.
Avalanche are 5-16 in the last 21 meetings in Anaheim.

Anaheim Ducks (-200)

The Anaheim Ducks are 1st in the Pacific Division with 97 points which is also tied for 1st place overall in the league with the Montreal Canadians. I haven’t really liked what I’ve seen from this Ducks team for most of the season. The Ducks have just a +14 goal differential on the season yet they are still some how in 1st place overall with a 45-27 record. There are actually 13 teams in the league with goal differentials higher then the Ducks. Teams like the Lightning, Rangers, and Blues all have goal differentials around +45 and their records are all very similar so the Ducks being ahead of those teams in the standing just don’t seem quite right.

Anaheim Ducks Trends

Ducks are 45-20 in their last 65 vs. a team with a losing record.
Ducks are 57-28 in their last 85 home games.

Colorado Avalanche (+180)

The Colorado Avalanche are 6th in the Central Division with 77 points and it may be unlikely but they are just 6 points back of the final playoff spot so they’re not out of it yet. The Avalanche are getting hot at the right time winning 11 of their last 15 games including 6 of their last 7 but with just 12 games left it may just be a too little too late. The Avalanche are averaging 2.7 goals per game on offense and that’s with the 2nd worst power play in the league so if they can get hot with the man advantage they could be a force to reckon with.

Colorado Avalanche Trends

Avalanche are 6-1 in their last 7 overall.
Avalanche are 21-8 in their last 29 Friday games.

Conclusion

I’m going to go with the Colorado Avalanche over the Ducks in this one. The Ducks might have the best record in the league but I don’t think they are the best team in the league and I also like how the Avalanche are playing right now so I definitely think they are worth a shot at such high odds.

Free Pick: Colorado Avalanche +180 at Bovada.lv

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