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Colorado Avalanche at Chicago Blackhawks Betting Preview

04 January 2022

 

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The Chicago Blackhawks have a forecast 65% chance to win against The Colorado Avalanche with a spread of -1.0/1.0 and an over/under of 6.5. The Chicago Blackhawks are 0 - 1 against The Colorado Avalanche in the 2021-21 NHL Season.

Tuesday, January 04th Colorado Avalanche @ Chicago Blackhawks

 

 

ESPN+ Hockey Night is back in 2022, and the first matchup of the new year will take place between a pair of Central Division rivals. The Chicago Blackhawks host the Colorado Avalanche, and this game doesn’t look really competitive on paper.

Colorado comes into this game with a record of 18-8-2 on the year, and this team is starting to climb up the standings. The Avalanche have gone 4-1 over their last five games, but the one loss did come on the road.

Chicago is having another miserable season, once again wasting one of the prime years of some of their top stars. The Blackhawks are just 11-17-4 on the year, and it’s been a rough start since the league picked back up. 

The Colorado Avalanche are the moneyline betting favorite at -233.

Colorado Continues to Score

Colorado comes into this matchup averaging 4.21 goals per game, and there are just so many offensive weapons on this team. The Avalanche are allowing 3.32 goals per game, but they just want to beat teams with their relentless offense. 

Nazem Kadri leads the Avalanche with 28 assists and 39 points on the year, and Mikko Rantanen has racked up 15 goals. Colorado has converted on 24 percent of their chances on the power play, and they are dangerous with the man advantage. 

Darcy Kuemper has struggled at times in net for the Avs, but he has still posted a stellar 14-5 record. Colorado is facing a team that can score in this matchup, and that could create some problems without a strong defense.

Blackhawks Can’t Defend

Chicago enters Tuesday night, allowing 3.38 goals per game, and they have given up 18 goals over their last four games. The Blackhawks can get completely overwhelmed on that side of the ice at times, and that could be a problem in this matchup. 

Marc-Andre Fleury was supposed to be a savior for the Blackhawks, but he has gone just 9-10-1. Chicago has been solid on the penalty kill for the season, but that hasn’t been the trend of late. 

Patrick Kane leads the team with 26 points on the year, and Alex DeBrincat has scored a team-high 18 goals. Chicago has been a solid offensive team throughout 2021-22, but they don’t have as many weapons as the Avalanche in this one.

Avalanche Roll Over Blackhawks

Chicago started to turn things around after a coaching change was made earlier this season, but that momentum did not last. Chicago has now lost four straight games, and they haven’t been very competitive to start the new year. 

Colorado is going to score some goals, and they won’t worry about getting stops on the defensive end of the ice. The Avalanche have been climbing up the standings in recent weeks, and this should be another impressive win. 

Playing at home should give Chicago a slight boost, but they just don’t have the talent to keep up. Bet the Colorado Avalanche -2.5 over the Chicago Blackhawks as this is a game that will be over early.

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