Colorado Avalanche at New Jersey Devils - 3/8/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

Colorado Avalanche at New Jersey Devils - 3/8/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Tom Horak-USA TODAY Sports

New Jersey Devils (20-31-5) vs Colorado Avalanche (40-11-5)

Game Info: Tuesday, March 8, 2022 at 7:00 pm (Prudential Center)

Betting Odds: New Jersey Devils +170 / Colorado Avalanche -225 --- Over/Under: 6 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The New Jersey Devils host the Colorado Avalanche in Tuesday NHL Action.

The Colorado Avalanche come into this road contest with an overall record of 40-11-5. Through 56 games, the Avalanche are 1st in the Central Division. On the season, they have found the net 222 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 2.82 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 3rd ranked team in the NHL.

The New Jersey Devils get set to host the Colorado Avalanche with an overall record of 20-31-5. This mark places them 7th in the Metropolitan division. Through 56 games, the Devils have scored 171 goals, giving them an average of 3.04. This output gives them a rank of 16th among NHL teams. On defense, New Jersey is the 27th ranked unit, giving up 3.54 goals per contest. So far, the Devils have played the 11th toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account New Jersey's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 24th in the NHL.

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Coming into this game, the Colorado Avalanche leader in points is Nazem Kadri. In his team's 56 games, he has come up with 22 goals and 48 assists. He has scored his goals on a shooting percentage of 12.0%. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +23. The team's top overall goal scorer is Gabriel Landeskog. Of his 30 goals, 23.0% have come during power play time. Colorado's top goalie is Darcy Kuemper, who is giving up an average of 2.53 goals per game.In his 39 games played, he has turned in 22 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

Through 51 games, the New Jersey Devils' goal and overall scoring leader is Jesper Bratt, with 51 points. He has reached his mark of 19 goals, on a shooting percentage of 13.6%. So far, 16.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Jack Hughes, who has 24 assists to go along with his 17 goals. However, when on the ice, the Devils are -11.0 in scoring differential. New Jersey's top goalie is Mackenzie Blackwood, who is giving up an average of 3.29 goals per game. In his 23 games played, he has come up with a quality start just 37 percent of the time.

In Colorado's 56 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 33-21-2. So far, taking the over when the Avalanche are playing away from home, has been a good bet with an over-under record of 16-10-1. On the season, 66.0% of Colorado's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 57% of the scoring coming from the Avalanche. In New Jersey's 56 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 32-22-2. So far, taking the over when the Devils are playing at home has been a good bet with an over-under record of 14-13-1. On the season, 62.0% of New Jersey's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 47.0% of the scoring coming from the Devils. Look for this to be a high-scoring game, going over the line of 6 goals.

 

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