NHL Picks: 'Under' is the Way to Go for Tonight's Avalanche vs. Ducks

David Lawrence

Friday, April 3, 2015 11:14 AM GMT

The Colorado Avalanche have gone cold and now they’re on the road facing an Anaheim Ducks team that’s caught fire. Can the Ducks cash in on the NHL betting lines as a big favorite?

The Colorado Avalanche Can Win Because…
Is there a good reason? The Avs are a veteran team that entered the season with such high aspirations. However, their season has all but come to an end and now they have to go on the road to face the league’s best team. The Avs are mostly a veteran team that sees the writing on the wall; they aren’t going to burn themselves out in a game that means practically nothing.

The only hope that the Avs have here is that the Ducks are half asleep. If Anaheim decides to take the night off, this could be a spot where the Avs surprise them. However, Anaheim has been playing so well recently and it’s been Colorado that’s been struggling, which is why the´re short dogs on the NHL betting odds. The Avs are the more likely of the two to mail this one in. That’s why it’s tough to find a case for them here for NHL betting purposes.

 

The Anaheim Ducks Can Win Because…
They’ve been playing great hockey over the last couple of weeks. Since the middle of March, the light bulb went on for Anaheim and they’ve been tough to stop ever since. They enter Friday’s affair on a four-game winning streak and as winners in eight of their last 10. The Ducks have been getting some stellar goaltending efforts from both of their netminders as John Gibson and Frederik Andersen have given them a chance to win each and every night. The Ducks have allowed six goals in their last four games and have allowed two goals or less in each of their last 12 wins.

On the flip side, the Avalanche have come unglued right now. Colorado has been playing well through the middle of March but they’ve fallen apart over the last couple of weeks. They’ve now lost two straight and five of their last seven games. What’s even more embarrassing is who they’ve lost to. They’ve dropped a pair of contests to Edmonton and San Jose, who has been miserable too.

The Avs goaltending has been very frail as they’ve allowed three goals or more in six of their last seven while allowing an average of 3.3 in that span. This is going to be a tough spot for them.

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Outlook
The Ducks probably win this game but there’s a little too much juice to lay here. And the fact that the Ducks have won by exact 3-2 margins in the previous two meetings this season and that five of their last six wins overall have come by exactly one goal keeps me away from the puck line.

Instead, I’ll go under the number as the Ducks goaltending has been strong and the Avs offense has tapered off recently with just two goals in their last two games. Go under here with your NHL picks.

NHL Pick: Under at The Greek