Colorado Avalanche at Detroit Red Wings - 2/23/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

Colorado Avalanche at Detroit Red Wings - 2/23/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Red Wings (23-22-6) vs Colorado Avalanche (36-10-4)

Game Info: Wednesday, February 23, 2022 at 7:30 pm (Little Caesars Arena)

Betting Odds: Detroit Red Wings +425 / Colorado Avalanche -188 --- Over/Under: 6 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Detroit Red Wings host the Colorado Avalanche in Wednesday NHL Action.

The Colorado Avalanche come into this road contest with an overall record of 36-10-4. Through 50 games, the Avalanche are 1st in the Central Division. On the season, they have found the net 199 times, good for a rank of 2nd among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Colorado is the 11th ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 2.84 goals per game. So far, the Avalanche have a strength of schedule rating of 32nd in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 4th ranked team in the NHL.

The Detroit Red Wings get set to host the Colorado Avalanche with an overall record of 23-22-6. This mark places them 5th in the Atlantic division. Through 51 games, the Red Wings have scored 147 goals, giving them an average of 2.82. This output gives them a rank of 17th among NHL teams. On defense, Detroit is the 24th ranked unit, giving up 3.43 goals per contest. So far, the Red Wings have played the 28th toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account Detroit's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 25th in the NHL.

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Through 50 games, the Colorado Avalanche's leading goal scorer is Mikko Rantanen. With his 33 assists, he is the second in overall points, coming in at 59. On the season, he is turning 15.4% of his shots into goals. In addition, the Avalanche have benefited from the strong play of Nazem Kadri, who is the team's overall leader in points. In Colorado's 50 games, he has come up with 21 goals on a shooting percentage of 12.9%. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of 20. Colorado's top goalie is Darcy Kuemper, who is giving up an average of 2.47 goals per game. In his 36 games played, he has turned in 21 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

Through 46 games, the Detroit Red Wings' goal and overall scoring leader is Dylan Larkin, with 52 points. He has reached his mark of 26 goals, on a shooting percentage of 18.6%. So far, 19.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Tyler Bertuzzi, who has 21 assists to go along with his 23 goals. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +12.0. Detroit's top goalie is Alex Nedeljkovic, who is giving up an average of 3.01 goals per game. In his 36 games played, he has turned in 18 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

In Colorado's 50 games, they have an above .500 record against the spread, going 35-17. So far, the Avalanche have been a good bet on the road as they have covered in 15 of their 26 road games. On the season, the Colorado Avalanche have a per-game scoring differential of 1.12. Even when playing on the road, the team is winning games by an averge margin of 0.58 goals. Heading into their game with the Detroit Red Wings, the Avalanche have a 3-2 record over their past five contests. In these games, they have scored 13 goals, accounting for 52.0% of the overall scoring. I expect the Avalanche to stay hot vs a Red Wings unit that has gone 5-5 over their last 10 games.

 

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Joe’s Pick Avalanche -188

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