Colorado was in the playoff hunt late last season, yet ended up ninth in the Western Conference by losing its last six games. Hopes were higher in 2016-17, but thus far it has been a mega-disappointment in the Mile High City.
Whether it was just bad timing for the Avalanche last season or they were never as good as their 39-39-4 record suggested, there is little doubt this season that Colorado (11-18-1) is a very poor club.
The Avs' 23 points have the fewest in the NHL and their weaknesses are obvious. They start with having the most losses in regulation play with 18. While the Coyotes (11-21 SU) and New York Islanders (11-20) have poorer SU records, they have at least been more competitive and picked up points in overtime defeats. Colorado has only had one such loss.
If you are placing NHL picks, a quick trip to the stats pages explains why you want to look to bet against the Avalanche at BetOnline or any other top sportsbooks like them. Colorado is 29th in scoring and dead last in goals allowed, making the Avalanche the "leader" in worst goal differential. This inefficiency is further supported by being in the Top 6 in fewest shots on goal and in the Top 6 of most shots allowed.
With special teams such an important part of today's game and one you have to build into studying the NHL odds, Colorado is among the bottom 10 teams in power-play percentage and penalty-killing.
For the foreseeable future, backing the Avalanche will deplete your cash resources just like buying all those Christmas gifts have.