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The Anaheim Ducks roll into Denver with a three-game losing streak to face the Avalanche on Tuesday night. The Avs are riding a three-game win streak, and are third in the West Division with 34 points.
Ducks Trying to End Losing Streak
Anaheim comes into this game having lost their last three games. In one game against Los Angeles and two games against San Jose, they were outscored 14-2, and shutout once by the Sharks. Their last time out was a 3-1 loss to San Jose.
The Ducks managed 27 shots against San Jose netminder Martin Jones, who stopped all but one. Isac Lundeström and Kevin Shattenkirk each had four shots, Cam Fowler and Rickard Rakell had three apiece. Max Jones was the lone goal scorer, with Lundeström and Shattenkirk earning assists. Rakell leads the team with 19 points.
Ryan Miller stopped 30 of 33 shots against him but was saddled with the loss with his offense managing only one goal. Miller and John Gibson have similar stat lines, Miller posting a .891 save percentage and 3.11 GAA, Gibson with .891 and 3.19. The Ducks give up an average of 3.21 goals per game without a strong offense, so the goalie tandem simply needs to get better.
— Anaheim Ducks (@AnaheimDucks) March 15, 2021
Avalanche Look to Build on Win Streak
The Avalanche seem to always be one checkmark away from playing elite hockey. For now, however, they’re third in the West and 12th in the NHL with 34 points. They have to be in good spirits now, having won their last three games. The last win was a 4-1 result at home against the Kings.
Colorado came at Kings goalie Cal Petersen with 40 shots, getting three past him and adding an empty-netter in the third. André Burakovsky, Nazem Kadri, Joonas Donskoi, and Nathan MacKinnon were the goal scorers in this one. Mikko Rantanen leads the team with 28 points and recorded an assist in the win.
Philipp Grubauer turned in another stellar performance, stopping 27 of 28 shots. He has a 15-7-0 record on the year with 1.91 GAA and a .923 save percentage, one of the best in the NHL. His stellar play contributes to Colorado’s 2.31 goals allowed per game average, third in the league.
Grubi absolutely crushed it this week.
— Colorado Avalanche (@Avalanche) March 16, 2021
Ducks are 0-4 in their last 4 games playing on 2 days rest.
Ducks are 1-7 in their last 8 when their opponent allows 2 goals or less in their previous game.
Ducks are 1-5 in their last 6 vs. a team with a winning record.
The Bottom Line
What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Colorado is liable to put up big points on any given night with the offensive weapons they bring to the table, but the defense will make the biggest difference in this one. Anaheim comes into this game averaging just 2.14 goals scored per game, even lower than what the Avs are already allowing at 2.31 goals per game. Grubauer is playing lights out, and Anaheim doesn’t look ready to change that. Avs win.
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Full-Game Total Pick
The Avalanche have great offensive weapons but haven’t scored more than four goals in a game since March 1st. Anaheim has had recent success scoring five or more goals, including their last time out against Colorado (without Grubauer in net), but that was against lesser talent. Grubauer stands tall, Colorado puts a couple in, and the under wins.