Ducks Could Be Dogs on the Betting Odds
Colorado heads to Anaheim looking for an easy win, right? The Avalanche are such wide favorites that even a puck line bet is barely at even odds. Tthe Ducks might have other plans as they seek revenge for their embarrassing loss the last time. Anaheim has failed to win a game since losing 8-2 to Colorado. So why should this team be the side to bet on the NHL odds this Dec. 2?
Colorado Could Overlook Anaheim?
This rematch could be a “trap game” even if Colorado is coming off an overtime loss to Arizona. Colorado faces Los Angeles on Sunday and the Kings are a superior team to Anaheim. Thus, there is a chance the Avalanche slack off a bit.
On top of that, we can’t just bet online on Colorado without checking its stats on the road. The Avalanche, as their moniker implies, may need to build first. They are a bad first-period team and are -5 on the road. Their 0.5 goals per first period is the fewest by a road team in the first 20 minutes.
Of course, Colorado, which is -245, steps on the gas in the third where it outscores hosts, 17-9. Given how potent the team’s offense is, it can afford to fall behind. As such, it may be better to bet this team on the live NHL lines if it falls behind.
Ducks Could Snap Skid
The Ducks, who are set at +205, have lost eight straight games and are 1-7 in their last eight home games. That only win came against the Sharks, the NHL’s worst team. But all bad things come to an end. Anaheim can pinpoint its blowout loss to Colorado, particularly in the third period, as to where its wheels fell off.
Under Greg Cronin, the Ducks have played with more maturity. Young players like Tristan Luneau and Mason McTavish are doing better than expected. Still, they need to be better on the defensive end, which is something young players tend to struggle with.
🚨 Luneau 🚨
— Anaheim Ducks (@AnaheimDucks) December 1, 2023
John Gibson remains stalwart in net although he is an old 30-year-old given everything he’s had to deal with in Anaheim. But with him, the Ducks can upset NHL odds and predictions.
Totals Going Over Recently
The Ducks’ lack of defense and the Avalanche’s potent scoring are why their totals have trended similarly. Four of Anaheim’s last five games have gone over the total while nine of Colorado’s last 13 have as well.
Avalanche vs Ducks Game Information
- Game: Avalanche (15-6-1) vs Ducks (9-14-0)
- Date/Time: Saturday, December 2, 10:07 p.m. ET
- Location: Honda Center, Anaheim, CA
- Avalanche vs Ducks Live Stream: NHL.TV
Avalanche vs Ducks Betting Lines
Avalanche vs Ducks Game Prediction
Predicted Score: Avalanche 3, Ducks 2
Take the Duck Line
Buck the high-scoring trends. If Anaheim is to make this game worth betting, it will need to start fast against Colorado. The Ducks can take advantage of the Avalanche’s slow starts on the road. Given their moderate puck line, the Ducks are the NHL pick.
NHL Pick: Anaheim Ducks +1½ (-115)
Ducks Draw First Blood
Anaheim is not a good first-period team. But neither is Colorado. The Avalanche can take a while to get going so the online sports betting odds should be closer to 50/50 that either team scores first. Give us the Ducks to light the lamp first at these underdog lines.
NHL Pick: Team To Score 1st – Anaheim Ducks
Questions of the Day
Who Are the Difference-Makers on Each Team?
The Ducks’ bottom six forwards will need to hold their own against the Avalanche’s.
Could the Ducks surprise the Avalanche with a low-scoring upset victory?
If the Ducks are to upset the Avalanche, they will have to do it in a low-scoring game.