NHL Picks: Avalanche vs. Blackhawks

Nila Amerova

Tuesday, January 14, 2014 6:18 PM GMT

Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014 6:18 PM GMT

Hockey betting heats ups today as the puck drops on Central Division rivals Colorado Avalanche at Chicago Blackhawks. Find out what odds are currently in swing and where the value hockey picks are to be had.

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Colorado Avalanche

Third in the Central Division standings on a 28-12-5 mark and 61 points, Colorado Avalanche descend on Chicago Blackhawks looking to extend their run of form to two wins in a row. However, the hockey odds are stacked against them at +180 to win outright at Bet365.

Avalanche improved to 5-2-3 in their last ten games following a 4-2 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Saturday. Ryan O’Reilly scored twice to lift Avalanche to victory and Varlamov was solid between the posts to end his side’s 0-2-2 slide, which included a 2-1 overtime defeat on Friday night to the NY Islanders and a 4-3 victory over Ottawa Senators in overtime on Wednesday. 

The pair have split their last two meetings with Avalanche winning 5-1 on Nov 19 and the Blackhawks winning 7-2 on Dec 27. Avalanche have scored 132 goals to date this season while conceding 115.

Chicago Blackhawks

The Chicago Blackhawks, listed as the solid favourites at -220 to win outright at Bet365, are coming off a convincing 5-3 victory over the Edmonton Oilers last night. The Blackhawks, who have been somewhat struggling on offense in their last seven games despite going 5-1-4 in their last ten finally seemed to get things going with 41 shots on goal. Jonathan Toews got the go-ahead goal for the Blackhawks as for the first time in a week the flood gates opened and they scored more than two goals.

In fact, since the 7-2 win over the Avalanche, the Blackhawks have scored two or less goals in five of their last seven games. Only in a 5-2 win over New Jersey and a 6-5 defeat to Saint Louis did offense run in high gear. Concerning still for the Blackhawks however is the fact that Patrick Kane is without a goal through seven games.  Overall the Blackhawks have scored 175 goals while allowing 132.

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Hockey Betting Verdict and Tips:

Both teams have been oscillating on form of late and therefore, despite the rather lopsided hockey odds, hockey fans can’t take anything for granted between these two teams, not least because of their Central Division rivalry and playoff aspirations.

That said the Blackhawks are 16-3-6 at home on the season, a record that lends value to their -220 hockey odds. More likely than not they will win this game, making them the value NHL pick for your hockey betting thrills.

What’s more, given the goal feast we’ve been treated two in their last two meetings, the Over 5.5 at -120 seems like the likeliest option for your added hockey picks. It’s interesting to note as well that Blackhawks are .821 when scoring first but .350 when trailing first, a mark that is echoed by Avalanche, who are .846 when scoring first and .316 when trailing first. What these stats tell us in no uncertain terms is that the team to score first is more likely to win this game, which is a tidy bit of information if you are considering live betting options on this game at Bet365 or your sportsbook of choice.

NHL Free Picks: Blackhawks to win outright at -220; Over 5.5 at -120

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