New Jersey Devils at Colorado Avalanche - 4/14/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

New Jersey Devils at Colorado Avalanche - 4/14/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Tom Horak-USA TODAY Sports

Colorado Avalanche (52-14-6) vs New Jersey Devils (26-41-6)

Game Info: Thursday, April 14, 2022 at 9:00 pm (Ball Arena)

Betting Odds: Colorado Avalanche -312 / New Jersey Devils +240 --- Over/Under: 7.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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

The New Jersey Devils come into this road contest with an overall record of 26-41-6. Through 73 games, the Devils are 7th in the Metropolitan Division. On the season, they have found the net 227 times, good for a rank of 17th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, New Jersey is the 28th ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 3.66 goals per game. So far, the Devils have a strength of schedule rating of 7th in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 25th-ranked team in the NHL.

The Colorado Avalanche get set to host the New Jersey Devils with an overall record of 52-14-6. This mark places them 1st in the Central division. Through 72 games, the Avalanche have scored 275 goals, giving them an average of 3.76. This output gives them a rank of 3rd among NHL teams. On defense, Colorado is the 4th ranked unit, giving up 2.74 goals per contest. So far, the Avalanche have played the 30th toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account Colorado's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 3rd in the NHL.

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Coming into this game, the New Jersey Devils leader in points is Jesper Bratt. In his team's 73 games, he has come up with 23 goals and 45 assists. He has scored his goals on a shooting percentage of 12.5%. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +3.0. The team's top overall goal scorer is Jack Hughes. Of his 26 goals, 23.0% have come during power play time. New Jersey's top goalie is Nico Daws, who is giving up an average of 3.13 goals per game.

Through 69 games, the Colorado Avalanche's goal and overall scoring leader is Mikko Rantanen, with 86 points. He has reached his mark of 35 goals, on a shooting percentage of 14.5%. So far, 46.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Nazem Kadri, who has 57 assists to go along with his 26 goals. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +18. Colorado's top goalie is Darcy Kuemper, who is giving up an average of 2.37 goals per game. In his 50 games played, he has turned in 31 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

In New Jersey's 73 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 43-28-2. So far, taking the over when the Devils are playing away from home has been a good bet with an over-under record of 24-11-1. On the season, 63.0% of New Jersey's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 46.0% of the scoring coming from the Devils. In Colorado's 72 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 39-31-2. So far, taking the over when the Avalanche are playing at home has been a good bet with an over-under record of 18-16-1. On the season, 61.0% of Colorado's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 57% of the scoring coming from the Avalanche. Even though Colorado has a huge opportunity for a big scoring night, as New Jersey has the lowest save percentage in the NHL, I don't see the Devils carrying their weight on offense to surpass the line of 7.5 goals.

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