Stadium: Honda Center (Anaheim)
Anaheim hasn’t taken points away from Colorado in six head-to-head meetings. Will Dallas Eakins’s charges end their losing streak now? Check the teams’ conditions and expert betting tips. Several betting options are available!Receive Your Welcome Bonus!
Anaheim finally climbed out of the bottom, where it has been for all of the past few years. The Ducks didn’t make their best regular-season debut, and now they’re in a bit of a crisis again, but they were excellent in November and December, allowing them to qualify for the playoffs. Alas, they could win only twice in their last ten meetings, making their situation much worse. Even with those problems, they remain in the Western Conference standings seventh place. Now Dallas Eakins needs to straighten things out. In the three previous games, his team did not score a single point, losing to Pittsburgh, Minnesota and Chicago with a score of 4:14.
Colorado is having another outstanding regular season, leading the Western Conference standings already starting to break away from the chasers with a great game. In the last 17 meetings, the Avalanche have ended up only once without a point after losing to Nashville - 2:5. Twice they lost to Ottawa and the same Nashville not in regular time - 5:6 and 4:5. In the remaining 14 cases, they won without fail. The day before, the representatives of Denver had a brilliant battle against Minnesota, where they could win only following the shootout - 4:3. Such success allowed to keep the Wild at a solid distance.
Expert Betting Tips
Anaheim and Colorado are very different teams at the moment. The most striking reflection of this is their head-to-head stats. The Avalanche have won six straight ties, each time by a margin of at least two pucks. The Californians are now in a slump, having lost eight of their last ten games, while the Denver club has scored in nine games, eight of which have gone in their favour. The favourite in this matchup is obvious, so we have to bet on the victory of Colorado with a handicap (-1.5).
Colorado is a team with a potent offensive line, but the Avalanche doesn’t always destroy their opponents from the very first minutes. On the contrary, Jared Bednar’s team has not scored in their games’ opening minutes in the last two meetings. At the beginning of games, Anaheim also looks good on defence, but they make mistakes. All of this suggests that the goal actions, probably, hockey fans will have to wait, and the best option for the prediction seems to total under 0.5 pucks by the end of the tenth minute.
Anaheim was quite good along with the distance of the regular championship but then suddenly failed. Especially the defence has been suffering from late, which in the previous five meetings has allowed its opponents to hit their goal 21 times (4.20 average per game), which is a very poor indicator. Colorado, meanwhile, has a crazy offence, which has already scored 156 pucks (4.33 average per game) in 36 games this season. Moreover, in the last six games between the teams, the Avalanche hit the Ducks’ goal 28 times (4.67 average per game), so it is worth looking at a bet on the individual total of Colorado over 3.5.