The Colorado Avalanche (29-13-3) travel to face off against the Boston Bruins (26-8-9) on Thursday, January 18th. This game will be played at TD Garden in Boston and televised on ESPN+. Both team’s come into this one having won their previous games. Puck drop is set for 7:00 ET.
Avalanche vs Bruins
The Colorado Avalanche Are Coming Off A Win
Colorado heads into this game with a record of 29-13-3 and are currently in 3rd place in the Western Conference. They are 2nd in the Central Division and have gone 19-11 against conference opponents. Over their last ten games, the Avalanche have gone 8-2 and have won four of their last five.
On the road this season, Colorado has gone 11-8-3 and are currently on a two-game winning streak as the underdog. As the underdog this season, the Avalanche have gone 3-2, and they have gone 4-1 over their last five games.
Overall, Colorado has gone 22-23 against the puck line this season, including a road puck line mark of 8-14. So far, the Avalanche have 21 wins by multiple goals compared to just eight wins by one goal.
Across their last ten road games, the team has gone just 3-7 against the puck line. In their last ten games vs. the puck line, they have gone 5-5.
In their most recent matchup, the Avalanche played against the Senators and won with a score of 7-4. Facing off against the Senators’ defense, the Avalanche offense scored in all three periods. Of Colorado’s seven goals, one were scored while in power play situations. Their game ended with 34 shots on goal and eight giveaways.
Colorado also picked up a win against the puck line, coming into the game favored by -1.5. The combined total of 11 goals exceeded the over/under line, which was set at 7 goals for the game.
The Boston Bruins Are Coming Off A Win
As the top team in the Eastern Conference, the Bruins have a record of 26-8-9 and have won two straight games. Over their last ten games, Boston has gone 6-4 and is 13-3-3 when playing at home this season. In games where they are favored, the Bruins have gone 22-8-7 this year.
Against Eastern Conference opponents, Boston has a record of 16-10 and is 10-5 against teams in the Atlantic Division. Over their last three games, the Bruins have gone 2-1, and they have a record of 2-3 in their last five games.
At home this season, the Bruins are 11-8 against the puck line, and their average scoring margin is at +1.2 goals per game. Through their 37 games as the favorite, Boston has a puck line record of 17-20.
Overall, the team’s puck line record is at 23-20, and they have 19 wins by multiple goals. In their last ten home games, the Bruins have gone 6-4 vs. the puck line.
The Bruins most recently faced the Devils at home and achieved a 3-0 win. On offense, the Bruins were held scoreless in the first period, but found the net one time in the second period and ended with two goals in the third. Boston’s one power-play goals contributed to their total of 3 goals. Their offensive performance came with 36 shots on goal and 10 giveaways.
Coming into the game favored by -1.5, Boston also managed to pick up a victory against the puck line. Combining for 3 goals, the game finished below the over/under line of 6.
Colorado Offense Breakdown
In terms of their offensive performance, the Avalanche are averaging 3.7 goals per game this season, putting them in the 1st spot in the NHL. When it comes to shots on goal per game, they are ranked 3rd in the league. In terms of power play goals, the Avalanche offense is 1st in power play goals. As for shorthanded goals, they are 9th in the NHL.
The Avalanche come in with an over/under record of 26-17-2. Over the season, there have been 26 games that have surpassed the 6.5 over/under line. Their games, on average, are at 6.9 goals per game.
Bruins Offense Breakdown
Offensively, the Bruins come into the game at 3.3 goals per contest placing 10th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are in 15th position in the league. So far this year, the Bruins are 12-0 in games they have had more shots on goal than their opponent. They are 13-7 in games with fewer shots on goal.
The Bruins come in with an over/under record of 22-21-0. Over the course of the season, they have had 23 games failing to surpass the 6.5 goal over/under line. The average number of goals in their games is at 6 per game.
Colorado Team Defense
Defensively, the Avalanche come into the season ranked 20th in goals allowed. Opponents are averaging 28.9 shots per game against Colorado. For the season, they are ranked 16th in shutouts, coming in with 2 shutouts.
Boston Team Defense
Defensively, the Bruins come into the season ranked 8th in goals allowed. Opponents are averaging 31.6 shots per game against Boston. For the season, they are ranked 7th in shutouts, coming in with 3 shutouts.
Avalanche vs Bruins Trends
- Although Colorado has a straight up record of 4-6 in their last ten road games, they have not held up as well vs the puck line going 3-7. The team averaged 3 goals per game in these games.
- Boston has played well in their previous three home games, going 2-1 straight up. In this stretch, they averaged 5 goals per game while allowing 3. The team also performed well vs the puck line at 2-1.
- As the betting underdog, the Bruins have an puck line mark of just 9-1 in their last ten games. Boston posted a straight up mark of 6-4 in these matchups.
- Through their previous five contests as the betting favorite, the Avalanche have a strong record of 3-2. Their record vs the puck line in these matchups is 2-3.
For a moneyline pick, I’m taking the Bruins to pick up on a win over the Avalanche at home. With the moneyline sitting at -143, I’ll be locking in a bet on the Bruins straight-up.
When making a puck line pick, we’re backing the Bruins to win and cover. Watch for the Bruins to win this game by multiple goals over the Avalanche.
When considering the over/under line, which is currently at 6.5 goals, we believe that this game will remain below that figure, and we recommend wagering on the under.
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