The Colorado Avalanche are in the midst of a back-to-back game tonight after falling to the Los Angeles Kings last night 4-2.
Colorado is looking for a bounce-back performance tonight against the Anaheim Ducks. This will mark a start of the first series between the Avalanche and Ducks this year and marks another game where the Avalanche will yet again be the favorites going in.
Colorado’s last game was a disappointment surrendering four unanswered goals and losing to a club that was still searching for their first win of the season.
The big news going into the game was both Avalanche rookie Bowen Byram and third-string goaltender, Hunter Miska, made their NHL debuts. The newly acquired Greg Pateryn (Minnesota Wild) also made his Avalanche debut. The Avalanche now look to move on and get back into their winning ways at the Honda Center, in the heart of Anaheim at 8 p.m. MT time tonight.
The matchup at a glance
- The Avalanche (-210) on the Moneyline vs. the Ducks (+180) ML
- The Avalanche sit 4th place in the Western Conference, the Ducks sit in 8th
- The Avalanche have 4 points (2-2-0), the Ducks have 3 points (1-2-1)
- The Avalanche are 7th in the league with 14 goals, the Ducks are 30th in the league with 6 goals
Though still very early in the season, on paper this is a lopsided matchup that Colorado should be able to translate into their third win of the year. Both teams are coming off a disappointing loss last game and are desperately looking to turn it around in a short season of only 56-games. The Avalanche will also have starting goaltender Philipp Grubauer back in net tonight, which could be a problem for a Ducks team only averaging 1.5 goals a game.
- 5 Puck Line is -1.5 (+128) for the Avalanche and +1.5 (-152) for the Kings
- Over (-115) Under (-106) is at 5.5 goals
- Since the last nights Avalanche loss the ML movement has gone from around (-225) to the current (-210)
- Action Network has 63% of public bets on the Avalanche compared to the 37% on Anaheim
- Avalanche are 14-5 in last 19 vs a team with a losing record
- Avalanche are 13-5 in last 18 games as a road favorite
- Over is 4-1 in Avalanche last 5 vs a team with a losing record
- Under is 7-3 in Avalanche last 10 games playing on 0 days rest
- Ducks are 1-5 in their last 6 games as an underdog
Lookout for action.
- The Avalanche are only 1-3 on the Puck-Line this year, if this is a team that continues to be looked at as a cup favorite than this is a trend that should start to move in the opposite direction, especially against the last place team in their division. Since the Avalanche have only covered the Puck-Line once, there is great value there. Avalanche -1.5 PL at (+128)
- The over hit last game, the over almost hit two games ago if not for a missed open net, and hit three games ago. The Avalanche have the best power play in the league, the Ducks have the worst. Over 5.5 goals
- Cale Makar has been quiet this year in terms of scoring. His four assists have him in the top-10 in points among defensemen. The Ducks have done a good job not letting many defensemen score on them this year. They have yet to see a blue-line like the Avalanche, and their puck movement might catch some off-guard. Makar goal (+310)
- Somehow, by some matter of way the O/U for Mikko Rantanen shots on goal is still at 2.5. I don’t know how you don’t take action on this. Rantanen Over 2.5 SOG
The Avalanche will look to get right back on track against a struggling Ducks team tonight.