The Boston Bruins had six games postponed during the month of December but have since come back stronger than ever. In January, they have won 10 out of their last 13 games.
They did just lose their last game against the Anaheim Ducks, though, letting in five goals in the process. They now go up against a similarly hot team in their next matchup, facing the Colorado Avalanche.
The Avalanche also had a number of games postponed but are 12-1 in their last 13. Their only shortcoming versus the NHL odds during this new year has been to the Nashville Predators in overtime.
- Game: Boston Bruins (24-13-2) at Colorado Avalanche (29-8-3)
- Location: Ball Arena, Denver
- Day/Time: Wednesday, 10 p.m. ET
- Television: TNT
Boston Bruins at Colorado Avalanche
Marchand Leading Way for Visitors
Boston is one of those teams that does everything top-notch. Though the Bruins don’t sit at the top of the rankings in many major categories, they wouldn’t be nearly where they are now without the strong play and leadership of Brad Marchand.
The forward leads the team in points, goals, assists and penalty minutes. He is their focal point offensively and when he has a bad night, the rest of the team struggles.
Luckily, their goaltending is usually good enough to get them by in a pinch. Linus Ullmark has been in the net the most, posting a 14-5-0 record and a .915 save percentage.
Tuukka Rask has started in three of their last four games. Rask has a save percentage of .844 through four games. Whoever gets the start in net could be the deciding factor, so check the news wires before making your NHL picks.
Nobody Scores Like Avalanche
Colorado is on fire right now. A lot of the Avalanche’s recent success can easily be pointed to their offense here. They are the top-ranked team in the league in terms of goals scored per game with 4.10.
That isn’t the cause of just one star player, either, but rather an entire team full of talented playmakers. Nazem Kadri has been the major standout.
He leads the team with 52 points, though Mikko Rantanen is right behind him at 49. With an offense this efficient and powerful, it’s wildly difficult to take them down.
Their goaltending needs a bit of work down there, sitting in 18th place in the league. Colorado can take down any team in a high-scoring game.
Colorado and Over?
Each of these teams have been incredibly good the last couple weeks. The oddsmakers have decided that the Avalanche are the more deadly of the two, and have listed them as the early favorites.
Colorado’s major weakness is its goaltending but when a team is able to average four goals per game, it can cover up a lot of issues.
This squad can beat basically anybody in the league with power like that on the offensive end, which is why the Avs seem likely to win against a tough Bruins squad.
As for the over/under, it is locked in at six. Given how neither team is playing well in net and how strong Colorado is offensively, the over should be the easy selection.