NHL Preview: Colorado Avalanche vs Chicago Blackhawks

The Colorado Avalanche look to continue their success against the Chicago Blackhawks when they meet for the second time this season. Colorado is having a much better season than Chicago, sitting at 20-16-3 compared to their foes’ 10-25-4 record. However, it has been a rough year so far for the Avs, losing six of their last seven games, and barely defeating the Oilers, 3-2.

The Blackhawks, on the other hand, surprisingly won their last two games, 4-3 against the Calgary Flames and 2-0 over the Arizona Coyotes, but still, need a victory as they are 3-13 in their last 16 games.

In this battle of struggling teams who aim to have a better position, who will prevail?

NHL Odds/Game Lines: Avalanche vs Blackhawks

FanDuel Online Sportsbook Odds

 Puck lineMoneylineTotal
COL Avalanche-1.5 (-130)+320O 6 (-118)
CHI Blackhawks+1.5 (-106)-255U 6 (-104)

DraftKings Online Sportsbook Odds

 Puck lineMoneylineTotal
COL Avalanche-1.5 (-120)+315O 6 (-115)
CHI Blackhawks+1.5 (-100)-260U 6 (-105)

Note that NHL odds are subject to changes based on news updates. More NFL betting markets, including the live betting experience, can be viewed by visiting the respective websites of Colorado online sportsbooks.

Avalanche vs Blackhawks Preview

Though the Avalanche’s defense has been slightly less than ideal this season, their goaltending has been solid. With Alexandar Georgiev and Pavel Francouz in the net, they rank 12th in goals against per game and 20th in shots against per game. Georgiev holds a 16-11-3 record with a 2.75 GAA and .914 SV%, while Francouz posts a 4-5-0 record with a 2.80 GAA and .913 SV%.

Meanwhile, the Blackhawks have been dealing with defensive struggles as well as goaltending issues. With Alex Stalock and Petr Mrazek between the pipes, they sit 28th in Goals Against and Shots Against per game. Notably, Stalock is 6-5-1 and has recorded a 2.54 GAA with .923 SV%, while Petr Mrazek is 2-10-1 with a 4.19 GAA and .878 SV%.

Chicago has been the worst team in the league this season, recording fewer wins than any other team. They still managed to stick within two goals of Colorado over the last 10 matchups between these teams, but, the 8-1-1 record over their last 10 meetings demonstrates just how harshly Colorado has dominated these recent games. With an impressive 4.10 average goal per game for Colorado and 2.40 for Chicago, it is not hard to see where the difference lies.

Chicago rank last in goals per game, 31st in shots per game, 26th in goals against per game, and 28th in shots against per game. Meanwhile, Colorado just had Nathan MacKinnon back into their offense and his addition should prove enough for them to win this upcoming matchup by two or more goals.