Anaheim Ducks at Colorado Avalanche

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The Anaheim Ducks will go on the road to take on the Colorado Avalanche in a West Division battle. These two teams have faced each other five times with the Avalanche winning three out of the five games. The Ducks have a record of 11-19-6. The Avalanche have a record of 21-8-4.

Ducks on Two Game Winning Streak

The Anaheim Ducks are on a two-game winning streak. Their last game was a 3-2 overtime win against the St. Louis Blues on Sunday. Cam Fowler, Adam Henrique, and Josh Manson each scored a goal. Anthony Stolarz was sharp in net, stopping 38 out of 40 shots faced.

Offense is a major weakness for the Ducks this season. They have scored two goals or less in six of the last nine games. The team ranks 29th in goals per game, 28th in scoring efficiency ratio and shooting %, and 30th in shots per game. Rickard Rakell leads the team with 22 points on the season. The Ducks really lack firepower on offense.

Defense and goaltending are trending in the wrong direction lately. They have given up three goals or more in six of the last 10 games. The team ranks 27th in goals against per game, opponent shooting %, and save %, and 14th in shots against per game. John Gibson has a record of 7-12-5 with a 3.02 GAA and a .898 SV%. He has given up three goals or more in nine of his last 10 starts. Ryan Miller has a record of 3-7-1 with a 3.48 GAA and a .880 SV%.

Avalanche Coming off Loss

Colorado is coming off a loss. Their last game was a 3-2 overtime loss against the Vegas Golden Knights. Devon Toews and Joonas Donskoi each scored a goal. Philipp Grubauer stopped 31 out of 34 shots faced.

Although they scored only two goals in their previous game, offense has been on fire for the Avs lately. They have scored four goals or more in seven out of their last eight games. The team ranks third in goals per game, first in shots per game and scoring efficiency ratio, and 13th in shooting %. Mikko Rantanen leads the team with 39 points on the season. He is tied for third in the league with 19 goals. Nathan MacKinnon is second on the team with 35 points. He has registered at least one point in eight out of his last nine games.

Defense and goaltending have been excellent for the Avalanche this season. They have given up one goal or less in seven out of the last 10 games. The team ranks first in goals against per game and shots against per game, and ninth in opponent shooting % and save %. Philipp Grubauer has a 20-7-0 record with a 1.69 GAA and a .930 SV%. He is third in GAA, fourth in SV%, and first in shutouts among goalies in the NHL.

The Bottom Line
What to bet on this game.

Full-Game Side Bet
Rating:

Goals per game, goals against per game, shots per game, shots against per game, shooting % and opponent shooting %, scoring efficiency ratio, and save % all favor the Avalanche in this contest. Defense and goaltending have been excellent for the Avalanche this season. They have given up one goal or less in seven out of the last 10 games. The team ranks first in goals against per game and shots against per game, and ninth in opponent shooting % and save %. Offense is a major weakness for the Ducks this season. They have scored two goals or less in six of the last nine games. The team ranks 29th in goals per game, 28th in scoring efficiency ratio and shooting %, and 30th in shots per game. Colorado is a much better team and will easily win this game.

Prediction:
Colorado Avalanche (-1.5)

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Full-Game Total Pick
Rating:

Defense and goaltending have been excellent for the Avalanche this season. They have given up one goal or less in seven out of the last 10 games. The team ranks first in goals against per game and shots against per game, and ninth in opponent shooting % and save %. Offense is a major weakness for the Ducks this season. They have scored two goals or less in six of the last nine games. The team ranks 29th in goals per game, 28th in scoring efficiency ratio and shooting %, and 30th in shots per game. The under will hit in this matchup.

Prediction:
Under 5.5