Better Offense Makes Avalanche Our NHL Pick Against Red Wings

Dana Lane

Saturday, February 27, 2016 8:24 PM UTC

Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016 8:24 PM UTC

The Colorado Avalanche are just three points from catching Nashville for the first wild card spot in the West. They face the Detroit Redwings who sit just three points out of second place in the Atlantic. 

Red Wings vs. Avalanche
It seems most of the interest is in the alumni game played last night but these two points are extremely important to the current rosters of each team as they play in the second half of the 'Stadium Series' at Coors Field. 

The Redwings have not been happy with their offensive production mostly because they seem to come out flat and rely on their goaltending to make some big saves until they can get their legs under them. 

Jimmy Howard had to make seven big saves early to keep the Wings in a game they would eventually lose to the New York Rangers, 1-0, Sunday. 

The team looks a little tired at this point which should be more evident today as they will be playing their third game in four days. A team that relies on Gustav Nyquist and and Tomas Tatar to put the puck in the net has to see better results or Jeff Blashill is going to continue to mix lines, even during games. Blashill moved them to a line with Dylan Larkin in hopes of breaking them out of their slump.  Larkin was under the weather so it wasn't a true representation of what that line could be. 

Nyquist has gone ten games without a goal and only two goals in his last 27 contest.  He had also logged less than 15 minutes in 7 of his last 8 games, not counting the Bruins game because of injury.

Tatar hasn't registered a point in seven games and has only 6 points in 16 games while playing less than 15 minutes in 7 of his last 9 games. 

The Wings power play has been a mystery all season long. The potential has been seen at times but not in a consistent basis. They are far too worried about making the extra or pretty pass rather than getting pucks on net. 

They seem to be bouncing back defensively but still one good game against Ottawa, Saturday, doesn't mean that's what we can expect tonight. It's fair to say that the three prior games were less than what Blashill, would like to see. 

We've mentioned before that if Colorado doesn't hold on to their playoff spot that there will be some changes. An interesting dynamic considering Head Coach, Patrick Roy General Manger and General Manager, Joe Sakic, played together in Colorado. 

The Avalanche are starting to prove that they are not a team you can use to improve your offense. In their last 14 games against teams who have scored two or less goals in their previous games, Colorado is 10-4. Not good news for a Wings team trying to find offensive rhythm. 

Detroit has lost their last six road games and are just 2-6 in their last 8 games following a win. 

We will back the Avalanche in this one as our NHL Pick.

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NHL Pick: Avalanche +109
Best Line Offered: at Heritage

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