Avalanche vs Blackhawks Prediction - NHL Picks 12/19/23

Chicago Blackhawks (9-20-1) vs Colorado Avalanche (19-10-2)

Game Info: Tuesday, December 19, 2023 at 8:30 pm (United Center)

Betting Odds: Chicago Blackhawks +215 / Colorado Avalanche -265 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Colorado Avalanche will play the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday night at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. Colorado has won three of their last four games, while Chicago comes into this game on a four game losing streak. Let’s take a look at the betting matchup and the Avalanche vs Blackhawks prediction. 

Avalanche Preview

The Colorado Avalanche are 19-10-2 this season after they defeated San Jose by a score of 6-2 in their last game. Colorado scored the first four goals in this game and they were able to cruise to the relatively easy victory. The Avalanche out shot San Jose by a total of 29-27 and went 2-4 on the power play in the game. Colorado lost to Winnipeg by a score of 6-2 in the game prior to San Jose, but they did win their two previous games against Buffalo and Calgary. Colorado is scoring 3.61 goals per game and they are allowing 3.07 goals against per game, while going 20.5% on the power play and 83.8% on the penalty kill. Nathan MacKinnon has led Colorado with 14 goals, 33 assists, and 137 shots on goal. The projected starting goalie for Colorado is Alexandar Georgiev, who is 15-7-1 this year with a 2.96 goals against average and a .898 save percentage. 

Blackhawks Preview

The Chicago Blackhawks are 9-20-1 this year after they lost to Vancouver by a score of 4-3 in their last game. Chicago led this game by a score of 2-1 in the second period, but they allowed the next three goals and couldn’t overcome the deficit. The Blackhawks out shot Vancouver by a total of 28-27 and went 2-4 on the power play in the game. Chicago has also lost to Seattle, Edmonton, and Washington during this losing streak. The Blackhawks are scoring 2.33 goals per game and they are allowing 3.60 goals against per game, while going 11.6% on the power play and 75.8% on the penalty kill. Connor Bedard has led Chicago with 12 goals, 14 assists, and 94 shots on goal. The projected starting goalie for Chicago is Petr Mrazek, who is 7-10-0 this year with a 3.10 goals against average and a .907 save percentage. 

Chicago Blackhawks Team Facts

  • The Blackhawks have lost eight of their last nine night games against Central Division opponents.
  • The Blackhawks have covered the puck line in each of their last six home games following a loss.
  • The favorites have won the second period in each of the Blackhawks' last four games.
  • The 'Over 1.5 Goals Period 1' market has hit in eight of the Blackhawks' last nine games as underdogs against Central Division opponents.

Colorado Avalanche Team Facts

  • The Avalanche have won each of their last seven night games against the Blackhawks following a win.
  • The Avalanche have failed to cover the puck line in each of their last five games as favorites against Central Division opponents.
  • The Avalanche have won the second period in seven of their last eight night games against the Blackhawks following a win.
  • The 'Over 1.5 Goals Period 1' market has hit in each of the Avalanche's last four games as favorites.

Chicago Blackhawks Player Prop Facts

  • Taylor Hall has recorded at least one point in five of his last six appearances in night games at United Center.
  • Taylor Hall has recorded at least one assist in three of his last four appearances against the Avalanche.
  • Nick Foligno has the equal-most multi-goal games for the Blackhawks this season (2).

Colorado Avalanche Player Prop Facts

  • Gabriel Landeskog has recorded at least one point in seven of his last eight appearances with the Avalanche as favorites against the Blackhawks.
  • Nathan MacKinnon has recorded at least one assist in 11 of his last 12 appearances against Western Conference opponents.
  • Cale Makar has scored a goal in each of his four previous appearances against the Blackhawks at United Center.
  • Nathan MacKinnon ranks 1st in the league for multi-point games (16) this season.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Chicago Blackhawks ranks 28th in the league in power play percentage this season (11.58%).
  • The Chicago Blackhawks ranks T25th in the league in penalty kill percentage this season (75.79%).
  • The Colorado Avalanche ranks 1st in the league for Period 3 goals scored per game this season (1.42).
  • The Colorado Avalanche ranks T28th in the league for Period 2 goals allowed per game this season (1.29).

Avalanche vs Blackhawks Betting Prediction

Chicago comes into this game with home ice advantage, but they have lost four games in a row and have been out scored by a total of 19-7 in those four games. Colorado has won three of their last four games and they have scored at least five goals in those three wins. The Avalanche are 7-6-2 on the road, while Chicago is 5-8-1 at home. The Chicago defense has been allowing quite a few goals recently and I think Colorado is poised to have a big day here. Take Colorado -1.5 in this game. 

David’s Pick Avalanche -1.5

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