Pick Avalanche as Home Dog vs. Ducks

David Lawrence

Friday, March 14, 2014 1:49 PM GMT

Friday, Mar. 14, 2014 1:49 PM GMT

The Anaheim Ducks are in a massive slump as they enter Friday’s game on a four-game losing streak. Are they even worth your money considering how poorly they’re playing and how good the Colorado Avalanche have looked?

The Anaheim Ducks Can Win Because…

They’re better than this. The Ducks have lost four in a row but let’s face it: this is the team that’s been the best in the NHL throughout most of the season. All teams go through slumps. They’re still a Stanley Cup contender.

This is a revenge game for the Ducks. As some might recall, they faced the Avs in their first game of the season and it led to a heated exchanged between the benches. Head coach Patrick Roy was fired up going after Bruce Boudreau. The Ducks will remember that outing clearly and that could be just the spark they need to turn things around.

The Colorado Avalanche Can Win Because…

They’re playing much better than the Ducks right now and they have since the start of 2014. The Ducks have lost four straight but also seven of 10. As for the Avs, they’ve won six of seven with their only loss coming to the St. Louis Blues, who are the current favorite to win the West according to the NHL odds.

The Ducks are having some serious issues between the pipes as neither Jonas Hiller or Frederik Andersen are getting the job done. The Ducks have allowed at least three goals in five straight and are coming off a game where they coughed up seven goals to a rebuilding Calgary team. This is a team that’s fading. Take the Avs with your NHL picks.

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Outlook & Pick

The line just doesn’t look right here. Sure, the Ducks will be looking for some revenge but they haven’t been playing well for a little while now. Meanwhile, the Avs are streaking up the standings and can actually tie the Ducks with a win here. The price is right on the Avs as a home dog. They’ve won six of eight and home and have way more momentum than the Ducks. Take them here.

Pick: Avs +104 at BetMarathon

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