The three big words that Colorado Avalanche fans can’t wait to hear are finally upon us, “hockey is back!” Today marks the start of the 2021 NHL season, with four games slated to kick the season off today, there are plenty of hockey bets to be made.
By far the most important of the season opener games, the Avalanche will play their division rival, St. Louis Blues, tonight at 8:30 p.m. MT inside the confines of the newly named Ball Arena here in Denver, CO.
While hockey is plentiful today, the betting trends are not. Since this is the first night of Avalanche hockey, we at Denver Sports Betting highly recommend taking a peek at the Avalanche 2021 season preview to familiarize ourselves with all the offseason moves.
Betting by the numbers
In terms of hockey betting, opening night is a great time to familiarize yourself with the practice, as it’s one of the more simple sports to take action on. In hockey, the Moneyline receives a ton of action. It’s a sport where the total scoring numbers don’t vary nearly as much as football, so the spread, also known as the Puck Line, is usually only ever in the .5, 1.5, 2.5 range.
The Over/Under is also reflected in that as well. Let’s take tonight, for instance. Every single game on the slate has an Over/Under set at either 6 or 6.5 goals, so there is less versatility across the board.
Avalanche vs. Blues Action
For tonight’s matchup, the Stanley Cup favorite Avalanche are also favorites on the Moneyline vs. the Blues.
- Avalanche are -148 on the Moneyline while Blues are +125
- Over-Under is 6 goals
- Puck Line is 1.5 goals
- Action Network is seeing 58% of public bets on the Avalanche
Betting Trends via Covers.com
- The favorite in this Blues vs. Avs matchup is 36-16 in the last 52 meetings
- Home team is 36-16 in last 52 meetings
- Over is 5-0 Avalanche last 5 games as home favorites
- Over is 9-1 in Avalanche last 10 overall
- Over is 9-1 in Avalanche last 10 vs Western Conference
- Blues are 2-8 in last 10 games as an underdog
Props to watch
Nathan MacKinnon is quickly ascending his way into being one of, if not the best hockey players on planet earth. No secret, his intentions are fully dedicated to winning the cup this year. If that’s the case, then the +123 odds for him to score in his season opener are tasty. Stay on the lookout for Cale Makar assists tonight at .5 with the Avalanche looking to generate a ton of offense from their very talented blue line. The over is sitting at +116 for the Makar assist.
Hockey is here, and get ready to bet big on the Avalanche. The game can be viewed on NBCS this evening. Go Avs Go!
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