NHL Picks: Blackhawks vs. Avalanche +107

David Lawrence

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 12:34 PM GMT

Wednesday, Mar. 12, 2014 12:34 PM GMT

The Chicago Blackhawks have been an up and down team in 2014, but they appear to have some mojo going. We’ll see if they can keep it going on Wednesday when they face a streaking Colorado Avalanche team who have quietly caught up to the Blackhawks in the standings.

The Chicago Blackhawks Can Win Because…

The Avs are shorthanded. Colorado was forced to play with just 10 forwards throughout their last game. They’ll be without P.A. Parenteau as well as Paul Stastny for Wednesday’s game, which leaves them without a few aces in their deck.

The Blackhawks have won three of four while scoring 15 goals in the process. This is a team that leads the NHL in goals scored and as long as their offense keeps producing, they are going to keep winning.

The Colorado Avalanche Can Win Because…

They’re playing really well right now. They’ve won five of six and have climbed up the Western Conference standings. They’re just one point behind the Blackhawks and five points back of the conference lead. While many people wrote them off as a fluky team who had a hot start, it’s time to recognize that this team is a problem.

The Blackhawks know first-hand. Just ask their goaltender Corey Crawford, who has lost six straight against Colorado while posting a 4.38 GAA. On the flip side, Avs goalie Semyon Varlamov has gone 3-0-0 with a 1.47 GAA in his last four outings against Chicago. Take the Avs with your NHL picks.

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Outlook & Pick

This line doesn’t seem right to me. Sure, the Avs are without a couple of forwards but Chicago is without Marian Hossa. Chicago just hasn’t looked right in 2014 and their offense has been pretty hit or miss. The Avs should be able to take advantage – just as they did last week when they beat Chicago 4-2 – and cash in for your sports picks. Take them as a dog on the NHL odds here.

Pick: Avalanche +107 at BetOnline

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