On Tuesday night, the Colorado Avalanche surrendered five straight goals in a 5-3 road loss to the New Jersey Devils. Nathan MacKinnon scored his 19th goal of the season and had two assists while Darcy Kuemper made 38 saves for the Avalanche in the loss. Colorado is 41-12-5 with 87 points, first in the Central Division. Martin Necas scored the tiebreaking goal, his ninth of the year, in the third period for the Hurricanes, who extended their home point streak to 11 games with a 3-2 win against the expansion Seattle Kraken this past Sunday. Antti Raanta had 28 saves for Carolina, who have not lost at home in regulation since the Columbus Blue Jackets defeated them 6-0 on January 13th (10-0-1), per NHL.com. The Hurricanes are 39-12-5 with 83 points, first in the Metropolitan Division. In a possible Stanley Cup Finals matchup, Carolina has won seven out of the last ten matchups with Colorado.
Colorado Avalanche Vs. Carolina Hurricanes Betting Odds
Over is 5-0-1 in the Avalanche’s last six games vs. Eastern Conference clubs. Colorado is 7-0 in their last seven games after allowing five goals or more in their previous contest; they allowed five goals to New Jersey, their last time on the ice. Over is 8-1 in the Avalanche’s last nine games vs. Metropolitan Division opponents. Colorado is the favorite to win the 2021-22 Stanley Cup at +400. The road team is 4-0 in the last four meetings between the Avalanche and the Hurricanes. Under is 5-1 in Carolina’s last six contests overall. The Hurricanes are 20-6 in their last 26 Thursday games. Under is 9-3-1 in Carolina’s last 13 matchups vs. Central Division opponents. The Hurricanes are +1200 to win their second Stanley Cup in franchise history.
Colorado Avalanche Odds
Nazem Kadri is fifth in the NHL in scoring with 72 points (22 points and 50 assists). He’s averaging 19:19 of ice time per game and is a +21 on the season. Kadri leads the Avalanche in game winning goals with six in 2021-22. It’s curious that he doesn’t have more support for the Hart Trophy while playing on the best team in the league. Mikko Rantanen is second on the team in scoring with 67 points (27 goals and 40 assists). On the power play the seventh-year winger has 24 points. He’s third on the team in plus/minus at +31 and averaging 20:58 of ice time per game. Rantanen is +7000 to win the 2021-22 Hart Trophy. Gabriel Landeskog leads the Avalanche in goals with 30 this season, he has 59 points overall. The Colorado captain is a +29, averaging 20:21 of ice time per game. In his 11th season, he’s won 54.8% of his face-offs this campaign. Nathan MacKinnon has 60 points in 43 games in 2021-22; additionally, he has 20 points on the power play (five goals and 15 assists). MacKinnon has scored 12 points (seven goals, five assists) in his past seven games and 17 points (10 goals, seven assists) during his 12-game point scoring streak.
Cale Makar is arguably the best defensemen in the NHL. He’s the favorite to win the Norris Trophy at -300 and listed at +2000 to win the Hart Trophy. In his third season, he leads all NHL defensemen with 21 goals and first in points by a defenseman with 65. Makar has an assist in 13 straight games, fifth longest streak by a defenseman in NHL history. He’s blocked 66 shots and has delivered 68 hits in 2021-22. He’s tied for second on the team in game winning goals with five and second on the Avalanche in plus/minus at +36. Devon Toews has 45 points this year (12 goals and 33 assists). In his second season with Colorado, he’s tied for the NHL lead in plus/minus at +44. Samuel Girard has 27 points in 56 games this season (five goals and 22 assists). He’s averaging 21:44 of ice time per game and has blocked 77 shots, ranked second on the team. Veteran Erik Johnson has played in 58 games in 2021-22. He leads the Avalanche in blocked shots with 95 and hits with 123. Offensively, he’s chipped in 17 points (six goals and 11 assists) on the year.
Darcy Kuemper has started 40 games for the Avalanche this year. He’s 27-7-2 with a .917 save percentage and a 2.57 GAA. Kuemper, in first season with Colorado is +10000 to win the Vezina Trophy.
Carolina Hurricanes Odds
Forward Sebastian Aho leads the team in scoring with 58 points (24 goals and 34 assists). He’s a +10 and leads the team in power play goals with 12. Additionally, he’s tied for the team lead in game winning goals with five and averaging 19:11 of ice time per game. Andrei Svechnikov, the second pick in the 2018 draft is second on the team in scoring with 51 points (23 goals and 28 assists). He’s a +11 on the season and averaging 17:17 of ice time per game. Against the Kraken, Teuvo Teravainen scored his 16th goal of the season (a power play tally) and had five shots on goal in 20:52 of ice time in his 500th NHL game. On the year, the Stanley Cup champion with the Blackhawks has 46 points and 25 points on the power play (eight goals and 17 assists). Vincent Trocheck has 38 points in 56 games (15 goals and 23 assists) this year. He’s +13 and ranks second on the team in hits with 126. Nino Niederreiter scored his fourth power play goal of the season in the victory over Seattle. Overall, he has scored 17 goals in 50 games in 2021-22. Jordan Staal, one of the best captains in the league, has 21 points this season (eight goals and 13 assists). He’s won 56.9% of his face-offs and leads the team in hits with 163 this campaign.
Jacob Slavin has 29 points (three goals and 26 assists), while leading the team in blocked shots with 92 and takeaways with 51. Brady Skjei has played in 56 games and has recorded 24 points on the campaign (seven goals and 17 assists). He’s a +14, averaging 20:58 of ice time per game. Skjei has 52 blocked shots and delivered 65 hits on the year. Anthony DeAngelo leads Carolina defensemen in points with 40 (nine goals and 31 assists). Due to a chest injury he’s expected to be out for at least two more weeks.
Frederik Andersen has started 38 games in goal for the Hurricanes this season. He’s 29-8-2 with a .928 save percentage and a 2.08 GAA. The goaltender in his ninth season has three shutouts on the season. He missed the game against Seattle and is questionable for the game against Colorado. Stanley Cup winner Antti Raanta is 9-3-2 this year with a .911 save percentage and a 2.47 GAA for Carolina this year.
Colorado Avalanche Vs. Carolina Hurricanes Picks & Prediction
The Avalanche are scoring 3.9 goals per game, second in the league and taking 35.3 shots per game, fourth overall. The visitors have seven players on their roster with at least 44 points and four skaters that have scored at least 60 points. Defensively Colorado is allowing 2.9 goals per game, ranked 15th overall and 31.4 shots per game, 15th in the league. Carolina is scoring 3.4 goals per game, ranking them eighth in the NHL and attempting 33.4 shots per game, ninth overall. In their lineup, Carolina has seven players that have each scored at 11 goals in 2021-22. Per NHL.com, Carolina leads the NHL in third-period goal differential (+29). On the defensive side, the Hurricanes are allowing 2.4 goals per game which is first in the NHL and yielding 29 shots a game, third overall. I like Colorado on the road in this contest and see them winning by 1.5 goals.