Streaking Seattle Faces Big Test
It has been a miserable season for the Seattle Kraken, but they do appear to be playing their best hockey. Seattle hosts the Colorado Avalanche Wednesday night, and the visitors haven’t had any trouble winning games.
The Colorado Avalanche come into this game with 116 points, which is tied for the most points in the league. Colorado suffered a 3-2 loss to the Washington Capitals in their most recent game, and they can’t afford another loss.
Seattle has won two straight games, but those wins were not against very strong teams. The Kraken have just 56 points and they will be watching the postseason from home.
The NHL betting lines have the Colorado Avalanche as the moneyline betting favorites at -320 over the Seattle Kraken.
Avalanche Rolling on Offense
The Colorado Avalanche have been a nightmare for opposing goaltenders, scoring 3.84 goals per game. Colorado has also been a sound defensive team that is holding opponents to just 2.7 goals per game.
Mikko Rantanen has been the biggest offensive star as he leads the team with 36 goals and 91 total points. Cale Makar set a franchise record for defensemen earlier this week when he recorded his 83rd point.
Despite the great offensive numbers, head coach Jared Bednar was disappointed with the most recent effort. “I liked our competitiveness. I didn’t like our execution,” Bednar said.
Goaltender Darcy Kuemper gives this team another weapon. He has five shutouts and continues to stymie opponents.
Seattle Must Slow Down Colorado
There are only a handful of teams in the NHL that can keep up with the Colorado Avalanche, and the Seattle Kraken are not one of them. Seattle is averaging just 2.6 goals per game and allowing nearly 3.5.
Center Jared McCann has 26 goals and has 44 points to lead the Kraken. Seattle has scored on the power play just 14 percent of the time, and that continues to make scoring goals hard.
Philipp Grubauer is 17-29-5 in net, but he is capable of playing well. Grubauer is a former Avalanche player and he would love nothing more than to shut down his former team.
Avalanche vs Kraken Head-to-Head
This is just the third meeting all-time between the Avalanche and the expansion Kraken. Colorado has had little trouble in dealing with Seattle, winning the first two games by a combined score of 11-6.
Avalanche vs Kraken Game Information
- Game: Avalanche (55-15-6) vs Kraken (25-44-6)
- Location: Climate Pledge Arena, Seattle, WA
- Day/Time: Wednesday, April 20th 10 p.m. ET
- Avalanche vs Kraken Live stream: NHL.TV
Avalanche vs Kraken Betting Lines
Avalanche vs Kraken Prediction
There are surprising results nearly every single day for Stanley Cup odds. Playing at home will give the Kraken a slight chance to pull off the upset, but it’s just not going to play out the way on Wednesday night.
Colorado is coming into Seattle off a loss, and this is a team that just doesn’t lose many games. The Avalanche still need to continue winning in order to win the Presidents’ Trophy, and that spells bad news for the Kraken.
Seattle has won two straight games, but that brief period of success ends Tuesday. Head to BetUS Sportsbook and take the Colorado Avalanche -1½ as this game could get out of hand in a hurry.
Pick: Avalanche -1½ (-125)