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The Colorado Avalanche are regarded as one of the best teams in the NHL and hope to continue proving that point as they play the Anaheim Ducks for the second game in a mini-series in which they won the opener in overtime. The Avalanche are 3-2 on the season while the Ducks only have one win in their first five games. This game can help the Duck try to reach .500 while the Avalanche hopes to compete for the West Division.
Avalanche showing great all around play
The Avalanche have one of the most complete teams in the NHL. While they have lost two games on the season thus far, one to the Blues and another to the Kings, they still possess a team poised to compete for the Stanley Cup this season. The only flaw that raises concern at the moment is their goaltender, with both Philipp Grubauer and Hunter Miska playing well but costing Colorado in the two losses.
Aside from goalie, the Avalanche have one of the best defenses to bail them out, with Cale Makar emerging as one of the best young defensemen in the NHL and the offseason acquisition, Devon Toews, blocking 14 shots on the season. The offense is led by center Nathan MacKinnon, who already has 5 assists on the season while wing pairing Gabriel Landeskog and Mikko Rantanen have scored 7 combined goals on the season.
Ducks are searching for their second win this season
The Ducks are clearly in a rebuild but this season has been terrible to start. The Ducks have no answer for their goaltender and are struggling to find an offense as well, with only 8 goals on the season so far. The goaltending is a rotation between the 40-year-old Ryan Miller and John Gibson, both goalies are struggling and costing the Ducks multiple victories.
The offense is led by the 22-year-old Max Comtois, who leads the team with 3 goals, while Carter Rowney leads the Ducks with 3 assists. Unfortunately, the Ducks only have five skaters that have scored a goal this season and only two skaters with more than one goal on the season.
Ducks are 1-4 in their last 5 games as a home underdog.
Ducks are 1-4 in their last 5 vs. NHL.
Ducks are 1-4 in their last 5 vs. West.
Ducks are 1-5 in their last 6 overall.
Ducks are 1-6 in their last 7 games as an underdog.
Avalanche are 8-1 in their last 9 in the third game of a 3-in-4 situation.
Avalanche are 4-1 in their last 5 Sunday games.
Avalanche are 4-1 in their last 5 vs. a team with a losing record.
Avalanche are 16-5 in their last 21 road games.
Avalanche are 14-5 in their last 19 when their opponent scores 2 goals or less in their previous game.
The Bottom Line
What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
The Avalanche may have needed overtime to win the first game but we can expect Colorado to win the second game and win by a decent margin. We can expect Nathan MacKinnon and Gabriel Landeskog to find the back of the net multiple time against a struggling defense and struggling goaltending team in the Ducks. We can also expect the Avalanche to see their defense not only stop the Ducks offense numerous times but potentially score a few goals with Cale Makar or Devon Toews finding open shots from the point. Expect the Avalanche to win and cover the spread in this game.
Avalanche -1.5 (+127)
Full-Game Total Pick
While the Ducks offense has struggled this season, we can expect the Avalanche to pile on the goals in this game to help the total go Over. With Nathan MacKinnon, Gabriel Landeskog, and Mikko Rantanen rolling, the goals should just be flowing for Colorado. Despite the Ducks’ offense being almost non-existent, we can expect the Ducks to find a few goals whether it be from Ryan Getzlaf or Max Comtois. Expect the Over to cover in a high scoring game.