Dylan Larkin, Tyler Bertuzzi, and the Detroit Red Wings will face off against Nathan MacKinnon, Cale Makar, and the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center in an East-West showdown. This one will get going at 3 p.m. ET on Monday, January 20 and it is being televised live on Fox Sports Detroit.
Detroit Red Wings at Colorado Avalanche Odds
Colorado is 27-21 straight up (SU) and has earned moneyline bettors 1.3 units this year. That winning percentage, the second-best in the Central Division so far this season, is a welcomed improvement compared to what the team did during last year’s regular season (38-44). Among its 48 games this season, 25 have gone over the total, while 21 have gone under and just two have pushed. The team is 13-11 SU at home this season.
The Avalanche have converted on 18.6 percent of their power play opportunities this season, a figure that’s right around league average. On the other hand, their penalty kill is ranked 24th overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 77.9 percent of all penalties.
Averaging 27.3 saves per game with a .910 save percentage, Philipp Grubauer (15-14-4) has been the top goalkeeper for the Avs this season. If Colorado decides to give him the day off, however, the team might go with Pavel Francouz (12-7-7 record, .926 save percentage, 2.41 goals against average).
Detroit has lost 18.1 units for bettors taking the moneyline this year and is currently 12-37 straight up (SU). Through 49 regular season outings, 22 of its games have gone over the total, while another 22 have gone under the total and just five have pushed. As the visiting team this season, the Red Wings are 4-19 SU.
The Red Wings have converted on just 14.6 percent of their power play opportunities this season, a figure that’s ranked 31st in the NHL. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 31st overall and it’s successfully killed off 73.2 percent of all penalties.
Jonathan Bernier (2.99 goals against average and .904 save percentage) has been the main option in goal for Detroit. Bernier is averaging 26.0 saves per game and owns a 10-18-2 record.
Detroit Red Wings vs. Colorado Avalanche Betting Predictions
NHL Pick: SU Winner – Avalanche, O/U – Under
Six of Colorado’s last ten outings have been decided by two or more goals, and the club is 4-2 overall in those games.
Penalties and power plays could prove to be extremely important in the outcome of this game. The Red Wings are 6-12 when they serve fewer penalty minutes than their opponent and 8-26 in games where they’re in the penalty box for fewer than 10 total minutes. The Avalanche are 16-9 when they serve fewer penalty minutes than the opposition and 20-10 when they’re in the box for less than 10 minutes.
Detroit skaters have averaged 10.0 giveaways over its last five home games, an improvement from its season average of 12.3 giveaways per game (ranked 27th overall).
Colorado has averaged 8.0 giveaways over its last five home games, right in line with its season average of 8.1 giveaways per game (ranked 6th in the league).
Detroit skaters have accounted for the 12th-most hits in the league (22.6 per game).