Blackhawks vs Avalanche Prediction - NHL Picks 10/19/23

Colorado Avalanche (3-0) vs Chicago Blackhawks (2-2)

Game Info: Thursday, October 19, 2023 at 10:30 pm (Ball Arena)

Betting Odds: Colorado Avalanche -385 / Chicago Blackhawks +285 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Chicago Blackhawks and Colorado Avalanche face off on Thursday in an NHL showdown at Ball Arena.

Avalanche Look to Continue Perfect Start

The Avalanche come into this game with a perfect 3-0 record and the defense has been lights out heading into this game. Over the three games the Avalanche have given up four goals total. In the last game against the Seattle Kraken, the Avalanche scored four goals and that was enough to secure the three-goal victory. In the last game there were four different goal scorers.  In goal was Alexander Georgiev and he stopped 37 of the 38 shots that he faced. In this game the Avs need to try and do better about not allowing him to face so many shots. 

Avalanche Betting Trends

  • The Avalanche have lost each of their last three games as home favorites following a road win.
  • The Avalanche have covered the puck line in each of their last nine night games against the Blackhawks following a road win.
  • The favorites have won the second period in 11 of the last 12 games between the Blackhawks and Avalanche at Ball Arena.
  • The 'Over 1.5 Goals Period 2' market has hit in eight of the Avalanche's last nine games as favorites.

Blackhawks Offense has been Inconsistent

The Blackhawks offense has been inconsistent heading into this game and that has led to them winning only two of their first four games. In the two wins they have scored eight goals total and in the two losses they have scored only three goals. On Monday, the Blackhawks faced off against the Toronto Maple Leafs, and they were able to secure the 4-1 victory. All the buzz around this team is around Connor Bedard, but he hasn’t been lighting the lamp much early this season. In the last game he finished with four shots on goal, but he couldn’t find the back of the net. Those goal scoring troubles at times will find him this season, and he can’t get frustrated. 

Blackhawks Betting Trends

  • The Blackhawks have lost nine of their last 10 games against Central Division opponents.
  • The Blackhawks have failed to cover the puck line in each of their last six games as underdogs against Central Division opponents.
  • The favorites have won the second period in each of the Blackhawks' last 10 games at Ball Arena.
  • The 'Over 1.5 Goals Period 3' market has hit in each of the Blackhawks' last seven games against Central Division opponents.

Shane’s Free Pick

The Blackhawks offense has been inconsistent and I don’t trust them here. Bedard hasn’t lived up to expectations so far this season and he’s going to struggle to find the back of the net here. The Colorado Avalanche are going to score at least four goals here, and I am not sold on this Blackhawks defense. Look for Colorado to find offensive success early here, and they will secure the victory here. Back the Avalanche on the puck line. 

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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