Hockey odds handicappers are astounded at the collapse of the Avalanche and how their defense has gone from one of the best to one of the worst with the hockey gambling odds.
The Colorado Avalanche will host the Anaheim Ducks on Friday night with a starting time of 9 PM ET. This Western Conference matchup has major playoff implications for the Ducks so be sure and open your Sports Gambling account for side and total action on this game.
Anaheim was in the thick of the Western Conference playoff race and had a break even hockey betting record of 15-15-2-1 on the road. The Ducks went under the total in 18 out of their 33 away games. Anaheim was led by right wing Corey Perry who had 31 goals and 37 assists including 10 power play goals.
Right winger Teemu Selanne has shown no signs of slowing down as he had 21 goals and 39 assists. Yet another right wing, Bobby Ryan, had 30 goals and 24 assists. Goaltender Jonas Hiller was a workhorse with 26 wins and a 2.50 goals against average along with a total of 5 shutouts on the season.
The Ducks 4th ranked power play has been a key asset in their success but that has been offset by a penalty killing unit that ranked 23rd in the NHL.
Colorado had an online hockey betting record of 26-30-7-1 and was just 14-15-4-0 at home. The Avalanche were 23-10 over the total as a host. Colorado was gushing red ink with just 1 payout in 15 games from January 26 through March 1 as they fell completely out of the playoff picture.
Defense has been the culprit of Colorado’s collapse as they ranked 30th in the NHL for goals against. The rotten defensive play has wasted a solid offensive output in which the Avalanche was ranked 9th in the NHL for goal scoring. Center Paul Stastny led Colorado with 19 goals and 31 assists while fellow center Matt Duchene had 21 goals and 28 assists.
The Ducks have beaten the hockey odds in their last 5 consecutive visits to Colorado with 4 of those games going over the total.