Colorado Avalanche vs. Anaheim Ducks - 3/4/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Colorado Avalanche vs. Anaheim Ducks - 3/4/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Anaheim Ducks (26-32-8) at Colorado Avalanche (40-18-7)

NHL Hockey: Wednesday, March 4, 2020 at 9:30 pm (Pepsi Center)

The Line: Colorado Avalanche / Anaheim Ducks --- Over/Under:

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The Anaheim Ducks and Colorado Avalanche meet Wednesday in NHL action at the Pepsi Center.

The Anaheim Ducks need a win after losing six of their last eight games. The Anaheim Ducks are averaging 2.5 goals per game and are scoring on 14.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Adam Henrique leads Anaheim with 24 goals, Ryan Getzlaf has 27 assists and Rickard Rakell has 162 shots on goal. Defensively, the Anaheim Ducks are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 77.4 percent of their opponents power plays. John Gibson has given up 144 goals on 1,502 shots faced and Ryan Miller has allowed 52 goals on 557 shots. The Anaheim Ducks have allowed three or more goals in 11 of their last 18 games.

The Colorado Avalanche look to stay hot while building on their seven-game winning streak. The Colorado Avalanche are averaging 3.4 goals per game and are scoring on 18.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Nathan MacKinnon leads Colorado with 33 goals, Cale Makar has 35 assists and Gabriel Landeskog has 128 shots on goal. Defensively, the Colorado Avalanche are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 80.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Philipp Grubauer has allowed 90 goals on 1,067 shots and Pavel Francouz has allowed 60 goals on 850 shots. The Colorado Avalanche have allowed three or less goals in 14 of their last 15 games.

The Ducks are 13-6 in the last 19 meetings in Colorado and 30-14 in the last 44 meetings. The favorite is 30-14 in the last 44 meetings. The road team is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.

The Anaheim Ducks have had their way with the Colorado Avalanche over the years, which includes wins in three of the last four meetings, but this year these clubs are heading in completely different directions and there's only way to go here. The Anaheim Ducks are just not a good hockey team this season and it doesn't help they're on the end of a back to back. The Colorado Avalanche have caught fire these last couple of weeks and are one fo the more trustworthy defensive teams in the league. Give me the Avalanche at home and the PL for added value.

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Randy’s Pick Colorado Avalanche -1.5

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