Undeterred by their 15-game point streak ending in Minnesota on Wednesday, the Colorado Avalanche picked themselves right back up and blanked Anaheim 2-0 Friday, the first career shutout by Colorado backup goalie Jonas Johansson.
Let’s take a look at this matchup, the eighth and final meeting between the teams this season, from a betting perspective in our Avalanche vs. Ducks betting preview with odds, picks and predictions.
As for the Ducks, they have now lost four-of-five and are only one point ahead of Ottawa for the second-worst-record in the league as the teams at the bottom of the standings jockey for lottery position.
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Avalanche vs. Ducks Betting Prediction
Colorado is loading up for a deep playoff run. They added two new players since the last matchup with the Ducks, bringing back blueliner Patrick Nemeth in a trade with Detroit and adding goalie Devan Dubnyk in a trade with San Jose. Nemeth could play Sunday, but Philipp Grubauer is expected to get the start in net. Still, the moves are an indication of where the Avalanche focus is right now – and that’s finishing with the best record in the NHL and winning the Stanley Cup.
The Ducks continue to play the Avalanche tough (2-3-2 against them this season), but they continue to be one of the worst home teams in the league, having lost 17 of their 22 games at Honda Center, including seven of the last eight.
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Avalanche vs. Ducks Odds
Here are the lines for Avalanche vs. Ducks at DraftKings Sportsbook:
Spread: Avalanche (-1.5 -150); Ducks (+1.5 +125)
Moneyline: Avalanche (-375); Ducks (+295)
Over/Under: Over 5.5 (-124)/Under 5.5 (+102)
Bets We Like With a Avalanche Win
Nathan MacKinnon OVER 0.5 goals (+118, FanDuel) and/or MacKinnon 2+ points (+135, DraftKings)
MacKinnon’s goal streak ended against the Ducks on Friday and his point streak was in jeopardy too until he assisted on an empty-net goal by Miko Rantanen with just 34 seconds to play. That point streak is now eight games though and he has at least one point in 15-of-16. In that span MacKinnon has 10 goals and has had at least two points in a game eight times. Considering the value of both of these plays, and the likelihood of an Avalanche win, there are creative ways to cash in some bonus winnings on the player most likely to contribute to the winning team’s offense.
Bets We Like With a Ducks Win
Rickard Rakell OVER 0.5 goals (+320, FanDuel)
The Ducks second-leading scorer returned to the lineup against Colorado Friday after missing the better part of two weeks with an injury. He didn’t get on the scoresheet, but he did lead Anaheim in shots on goal with five. Rakell is certainly hunting for a goal, and this could be his last game with the Ducks as his name has been coming up in trade rumors. Plus, with the value of this bet, it’s totally worth a shot.
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Bets We Like Independent of Outcome
Avalanche to win after being one goal or more behind including OT and shootout (+310, DraftKings)
This may seem like an odd bet, especially for such a heavily favored team, but the Ducks have kept most of the games close between these clubs. They have even scored the first goal of the game three times. That alone would activate the bet, never mind leading at any other point in the game. And if Colorado wins, which they should, despite trailing at any point, that’s one heck of a payout.
Avalanche vs. Ducks Pick
Don’t think too hard on this one. The Avalanche are the superior team and are on a mission. The Ducks are counting the days til season’s end. This one isn’t close. Avalanche 5, Ducks 1.
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