NHL Picks: Betting System & Odds Analysis Forecast Solid Play on the 'Under' for Avalanche vs. Blackhawks

Ross Benjamin

Friday, February 20, 2015 12:58 PM GMT

Friday, Feb. 20, 2015 12:58 PM GMT

A couple of Central Division rivals will clash on Friday when Chicago hosts Colorado. Take the time to read our informative NHL betting preview article on this contest which culminates with a selection on the total.

Avalanche at the United Center in Chicago
The Chicago Blackhawks will entertain the Colorado Avalanche on Friday at 8:35 PM ET. According to the NHL betting odds at Bookmaker, Chicago is a large -240 money line favorite, and the posted total is 5.0. These clubs will be meeting for the fourth time this season, Chicago has won two of the first three, and two of those three also went under the total. Starting with the matchup on 1/14/2014, Colorado has won three in a row at the United Center in Chicago.

 

Colorado Avalanche Status Update
The Colorado Avalanche has really had a difficult time generating offense on the road. They’ve averaged an unimpressive 2.1 goals per game in away contests during the 2014-2015 NHL campaign. As a matter of fact, Colorado has seen nine of their previous twelve games on the road stay under the total. The Avalanche is slated to go with Semyon Varlamov in goal for this Central Division battle. Varlamov has seen just four of his sixteen (25%) starts versus Central Division opponents this season go over the total, and he’s compiled a stellar .925 save percentage in those outings. Varlamov has also posted six shutouts in thirty-eight overall starts.

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Hawks News
The Chicago Blackhawks will enter Friday’s game having seen just two of their previous ten games go over the total. The Hawks have also seen only 34.5% of their fifty-eight games this season go over the number. Corey Crawford is scheduled to be in goal versus Colorado, and he’s posted a rock solid .929 save percentage over the course of his previous four starts.

 

NHL Totals Betting Angle
The Chicago Blackhawks have converted on a stellar 18.6% of their power play opportunities this season. The Hawks have also amassed 32-shots on goal or more in each of their previous five games. The combination of this statistical data sets up a profitable totals betting system, and I’ll factor that valuable handicapping tool into the equation when making my NHL picks for Friday.

Any home team (Chicago) with a total of 5.0 or less, converting on 17.5% or better of their power play attempts for the season, and they’ve had 30-shots on goal or more in each of their previous five games, has seen that home team go under the total in 41 of those 62-games (66.1%) since 1996.

NHL Pick: Colorado and Chicago to go under the total of 5.0 at Bookmaker.

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