Avalanche-Ducks Tilt Loaded with Playoff Implications in West

Sunday, April 1, 2018 3:36 PM UTC

Sunday, Apr. 1, 2018 3:36 PM UTC

The "over" is 5-2-2 in Colorado's past nine games following a win, and 6-2 in Anaheim's past eight games after allowing two goals of fewer. Follow the trends tonight.

<h2 style="text-align:center;"><a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/betting-odds/nhl-hockey/colorado-avalanche-vs-anaheim-ducks-3217037/" title="Avalanche vs. Ducks">Sunday NHL: Avalanche vs. Ducks</a></h2><h2 style="text-align:center;">Free NHL Pick: Over 5.5, -110</h2><h2 style="text-align:center;">Best Line Offered: <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=4464&amp;book=5dimes" rel="nofollow" title="Top Rated Sportsbook">5Dimes</a></h2><p>[/]{"component":"oddswidget", "eventId":3217037, "sportsbooksIds":[19,93,238,1275,999996], "LineTypeId":3, "PeriodTypeId":1}[/]</p><p>When teams who don’t play in the postseason look back and try to figure out what went wrong, a game such as tonight's matchup usually provides that answer. The Anaheim Ducks (40-25-13, 93 points, +11 goal differential) are in a wild-card spot in the West but could jump into third place in the Pacific with a regulation win. However, a win by Colorado would lift the Avalanche (42-28-8, 92, +22) over the Ducks in the wild-card race, and Colorado would maintain hopes of catching Minnesota for third in the Central. The puck drops at Honda Center at 9 p.m. ET.</p><p>The Avalanche took care of the Ducks 3-1 in mid-January, when Jonathan Bernier made 33 saves. Bernier (18-11-2, .913, 2.82) is Colorado's probable starter tonight, while John Gibson (31-18-7, .926, 2.43) is likely to be in Anaheim's net.</p><p>The Ducks are -153 favorites on the <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/betting-odds/nhl-hockey/" title="NHL Odds">NHL odds board</a>, with <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=4472&amp;book=Bookmaker" rel="nofollow" title="Top Rated Sportsbook">Bookmaker</a> as high as -158. Clearly the oddsmakers are giving you their opinion of who is the better team; I thought this number would be closer to -140.</p><p>The focus for our <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/picks/nhl/" title="Free NHL Picks">NHL picks</a> is on the "total," which opened at 5.5, -112, shaded to the "over." Public "under" money has driven this down to -108 at <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=4481&amp;book= Pinnacle" rel="nofollow" title="Top Rated Sportsbook ">Pinnacle</a>, which is good news for my followers who will be on the "over."</p><p>If the Avalanche are to make the postseason it’ll be on the back of Bernier, after it was announced that Semyon Varlamov will miss the rest of the regular season with a lower-body injury. Erik Johnson will also be out of the lineup for at least six weeks after suffering a fractured patella. Add that to Colin Wilson and Mark Barberio skating in non-contact jerseys during practice, although each will travel.</p><p>The Ducks have been solid at home with 23-10-5 record.</p><p>I’m jumping on the "total" because in a game of this magnitude it would be nothing to see a couple empty-netters pushing this game "over," especially if you like the Ducks to win. The Avalanche will be desperate, with nothing to lose except their grip on a wild-card spot.</p><p>This series has always trended "under," especially in Anaheim. However, the Ducks' "over" is on a 6-2 streak after allowing two goals or less in the previous game. Let’s get that "over" money tonight.</p>
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