The Vancouver Canucks lost a heartbreaker against the Vegas Golden Knights. They get no breaks as they head to Colorado to take on the defending Stanley Cup champions, the Colorado Avalanche. Of course, the NHL betting lines heavily favor Colorado. Vancouver has struggled mightily so this could be the evening’s biggest blowout.
Vancouver is Still Fighting
It’s hard to see it, especially as a Canucks fan, but Vancouver has not quit yet. This team has become notorious for blowing leads. Vancouver is just 4-4-2 when scoring first and just 4-1-3 when leading after two periods. This team has been outscored 16-10 in the third period and 2-0 in overtime.
We saw that against Vegas when Vancouver blew a 4-2 lead in the final 14 minutes of the third period. Thatcher Demko is having his worst start as a netminder with career lows across the board, including an abysmal -9.6 goals saved above average (GSAA).
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But it’s still too early to fade Vancouver. For folks betting online, fading them on the live betting odds when they are ahead could be the right play to make. Alternatively, this team has allowed four or more goals in 14 of their 19 games, hence why totals have gone over 68 percent of the time (13-6-0).
After a bit of a sluggish start, Colorado is starting to pick up steam. And just like its moniker, this team is nigh-impossible to stop once it gets going. Colorado has now won seven of its last eight games. Outside of that upset to the Blues, the Avalanche have also won all of its home games by two or more goals during this stretch.
The team has not been as dominant on 5-on-5. In fact, Colorado has routinely found itself outshot and outchanced. A lot of the credit goes to their goaltending. Both Pavel Francouz and Alexandar Georgiev have combined to lead the NHL with 13.0 GSAA and a whopping 95.2 save percentage on 5-on-5.
On offense, Colorado is also squeezing everything it can from its power play at a league-leading 34.5 percent. They have scored with the man advantage in all but three games. Considering this team is far from full strength, the Avalanche are on a roll.
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Canucks vs Avalanche Head-to-Head
The Canucks have actually played the Avalanche close in recent meetings. Vancouver is 4-3-3 in its last 10 games against Colorado and the goal differential is just three (38-35 for Colorado). However, the Avalanche have a significant edge on special teams: 15-6 in PP goals.
Canucks vs Avalanche Game Information
- Game: Canucks (6-10-3) vs Avalanche (11-5-1)
- Day/Time: Wednesday, Nov. 23, 10:10 p.m. ET
- Location: Ball Arena, Denver
- Canucks vs Avalanche Live stream: NHL.TV
Canucks vs Avalanche Betting Lines
Canucks vs Avalanche Picks & Prediction
The biggest disparity between these teams is in net. The Canucks have one of the worst net-minding situations while Colorado has often been saved by it. But, even on the chance that Colorado’s goalies struggle, it has another edge: special teams. The Avalanche lead the NHL in PP while the Canucks have the second-worst penalty kill.
Colorado should win this game and do it convincingly. On the online gambling lines, bet Colorado to cover the puck line at even money.
Colorado is listed at -210 in our Vegas NHL lines. This means that if you wager $100 on the Avalanche, you have a chance to win $48. Vancouver is +175, offering a chance to win $175 on a $100 wager.
The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives Colorado a 67.74% chance to win, with the Canucks at 36.36%.