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NHL Picks Feb. 29: Bet Under in Avalanche-Blackhawks Matchup

Teams in opposite positions will battle for the third time when the Colorado Avalanche visit the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday, Feb. 29.

Colorado, currently third in the Central Division, looks to make the race for the division title even tighter as it is just two points out of first. The Blackhawks, meanwhile, remain last in the division after losing their last four games. Chicago took the last game over the Avalanche, but NHL odds have Colorado favored in what should be a lower-scoring game.

NHL Picks Feb. 29: Bet Under in Avalanche-Blackhawks Matchup
NHL Picks Feb. 29: Bet Under in Avalanche-Blackhawks Matchup

Avalanche vs Blackhawks Game Information

  1. Game: Avalanche (36-19-5) vs Blackhawks (15-39-5)
  2. Location: United Center, Chicago, IL
  3. Day/Time: Thursday, Feb. 29, 9 p.m. ET
  4. Avalanche vs Blackhawks Live Stream: NHL.com

 

The Colorado Avalanche will hope to start their road trip on a high note when they visit the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday, Feb. 29 at United Center. NHL betting spreads favor the Avalanche by 1½ goals, with the sportsbook setting the total at six goals.

You can watch the game on ESPN.

Avalanche vs Blackhawks Odds and Spreads

Avalanche vs Blackhawks Prediction

Colorado Avalanche 4, Chicago Blackhawks 1

  1. The Under is on a 3-0-1 run for the Avalanche.
  2. The Under is 4-0 in the past four meetings between the Avalanche and Blackhawks.
  3. The Blackhawks have cashed the Under in the past three games.
  4. The Under is 5-1 in the past six for Chicago.
  5. In 40 games this season, Colorado and its opponent have combined for more than six goals.
  6. Chicago has played 30 games this season with over six goals.
  7. Chicago has gone over the total in three of its past 10 outings.

 

Avalanche vs Blackhawks Over/Under Pick: Under 6 (-105)

Though Colorado is strong offensively, Chicago isn’t, and the two still shouldn’t combine for enough to go over the six-goal total.

The Blackhawks are the worst offensive team in the league, averaging just over two goals a game, and in their last five games, they have hovered around that same mark, averaging 2.2 goals a game. That struggle is also likely to continue against the Avalanche, as they are holding teams to 2.2 goals a game in their last five while expected starting goalie Alexander Georgiev has a .933 save percentage in his last three games.

Although the Avalanche have scored 3.2 goals a game in their last five, that number drops to 2.4 in their last five road games.

The Avalanche shouldn’t have a problem scoring on a Chicago team giving up 3.4 goals in its last five, but it won’t be enough.

Avalanche vs Blackhawks Player Prop: Nathan MacKinnon Over 1½ Points (-136)

MacKinnon has been on a roll this season, leading the Avalanche in scoring with 98 points and 35 goals. He has scored at least two points in five of his last seven games, getting five total points in his last two.

MacKinnon has also been successful against Chicago, scoring two points in two games, while he has 37 points in 31 games on the road this season. In a game where the Avalanche should be able to have another big offensive output, MacKinnon is the best player prop bet to score tonight.

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Questions Of The Day

What is Colorado’s record on the road?


The Avalanche have a 13-13-5 record away from home.

Who leads the Avalanche vs Blackhawks series?


The series is currently tied 1-1, with each team winning a home game.

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