The Colorado Avalanche (19-10-2) travel to face off against the Chicago Blackhawks (9-20-1) on Tuesday, December 19th. This game will be played at United Center in Chicago. The Avalanche are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Blackhawks are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Canucks. Puck drop is set for 8:30 ET.
Colorado Avalanche vs Chicago Blackhawks
The Colorado Avalanche Are Coming Off A Win
Facing the Blackhawks, the Avalanche have a record of 19-10-2 so far. At home, their record is 12-4-0 and 7-6-2 on the road. At the moment, they hold the 2nd spot in the Western Central division and are ranked 4th in the Western conference. Colorado’s average scoring margin this season is +.5 leading to an overall puck line record of 15-16. Their scoring margin at home is +1.5 and -0.5 on the road.
In their most recent game, the Avalanche hosted the Sharks and secured a 6-2 victory. The Avalanche’s offense scored in each period against the Sharks. Out of Colorado’s six goals, two were scored during power plays. They concluded the game with 29 shots on goal and had 11 giveaways.
Coming into the game favored by -1.5, Colorado also managed to pick up a victory against the puck line. With a combined total of 8 goals, the teams exceeded the over/under line of 6 goals set for the game.
The Chicago Blackhawks Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
Through 30 games, the Blackhawks have achieved an overall record of 9-20-1. When on the road, Chicago holds a 4-12-0 record, while they are 5-8-1 when playing at home. In the Western Central division, they are currently 8th, and in the Western conference, they come into the game sitting 16th. Chicago has five wins by more than one goals and dropped 16 games by multiple goals. Their overall puck line record is 14-16 this season.
Following a 4-3 loss at home to the Canucks, the Blackhawks are eager to bounce back. In all three periods, the Blackhawks’ offense found the net against the Canucks. Of Chicago’s three goals, two came while in power play. They ended the game with 28 shots on goal and had 11 giveaways.
Despite the loss, Chicago did cover the puck line, as they went into the game as the underdog. The teams surpassed the over/under line, which was set at 6.5 goals, with a combined total of 7 goals.
Colorado Offense Breakdown
In terms of their offensive performance, the Avalanche are averaging 3.6 goals per game this season, putting them in the 2nd spot in the NHL. When it comes to shots on goal per game, they are ranked 7th in the league. This year, the Avalanche have recorded a 11-6 record in games where they outshoot their opponent. For games with fewer shots on goal, they have 6-4 record.
So far, the Avalanche have an over/under record of 17-12-2. Coming into the game, they have played 17 games that went beyond the 6.5 over/under line. Their games, on average, had 6.7 goals per game.
Chicago Offense Breakdown
On offense, the Blackhawks are averaging 2.3 goals per game which is 30th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are 29th in the league. This year, the Blackhawks have recorded a 1-6 record in games where they outshoot their opponent. For games with fewer shots on goal, they have 8-12 record.
This season, the Blackhawks’ have an over/under record of 12-16-2. Throughout the season, they have played 18 games that did not exceed the 6.5 over/under line. On average, their games are averaging 6 goals per game.
Colorado Team Defense
Defensively, the Avalanche are currently 21st in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 29.2 shots per game against Colorado. They also are 22nd in shutouts, coming in with 1 shutouts.
Chicago Team Defense
Defensively, the Blackhawks are currently 11th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 32.3 shots per game against Chicago. They also are 19th in shutouts, coming in with 1 shutouts.
Avalanche vs Blackhawks Trends
- Although Colorado has a straight up record of 1-4 in their last five road games, they have not held up as well vs the puck line going 0-5. The team averaged 2 goals per game in these games.
- Although Chicago has a straight up record of 1-9 in their last ten home games, they have not held up as well vs the puck line going 2-8. The team averaged 1 goals per game in these games.
- Going back to their last five games as the underdog, the Blackhawks have a straight up record of 1-4. But, their mark vs the puck line was just 2-3.
- Against the spread, the Avalanche have put together of 2-3 in their last five games as the betting favorite. In these same games, they went 3-2 straight up.
For a moneyline pick, I’m taking the Blackhawks to pick up on a win over the Avalanche at home. With the moneyline sitting at +205, I’ll be locking in a bet on the Blackhawks straight-up.
Our projections have the Blackhawks pulling out a win as the underdog. But if you’re not as bullish as we are on the Blackhawks, we’d recommend at least getting a bet down on them to cover the puck line.
For those looking at the over/under line set at 6.5 goals, our expectation is that this game will surpass that mark, and we suggest making a bet on the over.
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