Ducks vs Avalanche Prediction - NHL Picks 11/15/23

Colorado Avalanche (9-5) vs Anaheim Ducks (9-6)

Game Info: Wednesday, November 15, 2023 at 9:00 pm (Ball Arena)

Betting Odds: Colorado Avalanche -275 / Anaheim Ducks +220 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Anaheim Ducks will play the Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday night at Ball Arena in Denver, Colorado. Anaheim has won two games in a row, while Colorado has lost two of their last three games. 

Ducks Preview

The Anaheim Ducks are 9-6-0 this season after they defeated the Nashville Predators by a score of 3-2 in their last game. Anaheim trailed 2-0 in the second period, but they scored the last three goals for the win. The Ducks were out shot by a total of 31-20 and went 0-3 on the power play in the game. Anaheim has won eight of their last ten games and they are one of the hottest teams in the NHL. The Ducks are scoring 3.14 goals per game and they are allowing 2.93 goals against per game, while going 22.4% on the power play and 81% on the penalty kill. Mason McTavish has led the Ducks this season with seven goals, nine assists, and 45 shots on goal. The projected starting goalie for Anaheim is Lukas Dostal, who is 5-2-0 this year with a 3.15 goals against average and a .910 save percentage. 

Avalanche Preview

The Colorado Avalanche are 9-5-0 this year after they defeated the Seattle Kraken by a score of 5-1 in their last game. Colorado trailed 1-0 in the first period, but they scored the last five goals for the big win. The Avalanche out shot Seattle by a total of 31-19 and went 2-6 on the power play in the game. Colorado has lost five of their last eight games and is only 1-3 in their last four road games. Colorado is scoring 3.36 goals per game and they are allowing 3.14 goals against per game, while going 18.2% on the power play and 85.7% on the penalty kill. Mikko Rantanen has led the Avalanche this season with 10 goals, 11 assists, and 50 shots on goal. The projected starting goalie for Colorado is Alexandar Georgiev, who is 8-4-0 this season with a 3.10 goals against average and a .890 save percentage. 

Colorado Avalanche Team Facts

  • The Avalanche have lost each of their last three games as home favorites against Pacific Division opponents.
  • The Avalanche have failed to cover the puck line in seven of their last eight games as home favorites against Pacific Division opponents.
  • The Avalanche have lost the first period in each of their last five games as favorites against Pacific Division opponents.
  • The 'Over 1.5 Goals Period 2' market has hit in each of the Avalanche's last seven home games against the Ducks.

Anaheim Ducks Team Facts

  • The Ducks have won five of their last six games as underdogs following a road win.
  • The Ducks have covered the puck line in each of their last six games against Central Division opponents.
  • The 'Over 1.5 Goals Period 1' market has hit in each of the Ducks' last four night games at Ball Arena.
  • The Ducks have lost the second period in eight of their last nine games against Central Division opponents.

Colorado Avalanche Player Prop Facts

  • Mikko Rantanen has scored at least one goal in five of the Avalanche's last six games against the Ducks at Ball Arena.
  • Valeri Nichushkin has recorded at least one point in each of his last nine appearances with the Avalanche as favorites against the Ducks.
  • Nathan MacKinnon has recorded at least one assist in each of the Avalanche's last eight Wednesday night games against Pacific Division opponents.
  • Mikko Rantanen has the most multi-goal games for the Avalanche this season (2).

Anaheim Ducks Player Prop Facts

  • Mason McTavish has recorded at least one point in nine of the Ducks' last 10 night games.
  • Troy Terry has recorded an assist in six of his last seven appearances with the Ducks as underdogs against Central Division opponents.
  • Frank Vatrano ranks T2nd in the league for Game Winning Goals (3) this season.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Colorado Avalanche ranks 30th in the league for Period 1 goals scored per game this season (0.64).
  • The Colorado Avalanche ranks 29th in the league for Period 2 goals allowed per game this season (1.29).
  • The Anaheim Ducks ranks T1st in the league for Period 3 goals scored per game this season (1.67).
  • The Anaheim Ducks ranks 31st in the league for Period 2 goals scored per game this season (0.47).

Pick

Colorado was able to get a win in their last game, but they have struggled over their last eight games. The Avalanche are 4-2-0 at home this year, while Anaheim is 5-2-0 on the road. The Ducks will be on the second game of a back to back after defeating Nashville last night, but I really like this Ducks team. Anaheim is playing very solid defense this year and I like them to keep this game close. Take the Ducks +1.5 in this game. 

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

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