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#27 Colorado Avalanche 6.5 vs.
#28 Vancouver Canucks -150
Saturday, November 16, 2019 at 10:05pm EST
Rogers Arena, Vancouver
Written by Scott Reichel

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This Saturday, there is a matchup between two Western Conference teams in the NHL as the Colorado Avalanche and the Vancouver Canucks will face off at about 10:00 PM. This will be the first meeting between these teams this season and it will take place at Rogers Arena.

Goalie Matchup: The Avalanche will turn toAdam Werner (1-1-0, 3.42 GAA)and the Canucks will counter withJacob Markstrom (5-5-3, 2.59 GAA).

Colorado Looks For A Bounce Back Performance

So far this season, the Colorado Avalanche have looked like a solid team in the Western Conference. The Avalanche have won 11 of their first 19 games which is good enough to give them possession of second place in the Central Division. However, the Avalanche got embarrassed by the Oilers in their last game as they lost by the score of 6-2. Not only did the loss snap a three-game losing streak but it also allowed the Jets to move just one point behind them in the Central Division standings. Now, Colorado will look to forget about that last performance as it will be in search of a bounce back win on Saturday.

Leading the Avalanche offensively will be centerNathan MacKinnon who has looked great so far this season. He already has 11 goals and 15 assists in just 19 games played. However, he also has a Plus/Minus Rating of 0 so he has been average at best on even strength. Now, MacKinnon will look to carry his team to another victory in this game.

The starting goalie for the Avalanche in this game will be Adam Werner who has been okay in very limited action this season. He has a 1-1-0 record and a 3.42 GAA along with a .915 save percentage. Last season, Werner is 1-0-0 against the Panthers with a 3.81 GAA and a .914 save percentage in just two. Now, he will look for another victory on Saturday.

Vancouver Looks For Another Home Victory

So far this season, the Vancouver Canucks have been a pleasant surprise in the Western Conference. The Canucks have gotten points in 13 of their first 20 games up to this point and they are currently in a tie with the Flames for possession of third place in the Pacific Division. The main reason for their success has been their elite home-ice advantage as the Canucks have won five of their first nine home games while also recording points in seven of those games. Now, Vancouver will look to get back on track after falling to Dallas on the road in its last game by the score of 4-2.

Leading the Canucks offensively is centerElias Pettersson who has looked great so far this season. He already has 24 points through the first 20 games of the regular season. However, the scariest part of his game is the fact that he is still just 20 years old and that this is just his second season in the NHL. If Pettersson continues to progress at this rate, he will be one of the best players in the league in just a few years.

The starting goalie for the Canucks in this game will be Jacob Markstrom who has solid so far this season. He has a 5-5-3 record with a 2.59 GAA and a .914 save percentage. Last season, Markstrom went 2-0-1 with a 2.85 GAA and a .917 save percentage against the Avalanche so he will look to experience the same level of success against them on Saturday night.

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Even though both teams have been extremely solid this season, Colorado enters this game off a terrible performance against Edmonton in which its rookie goalie got exposed so I do not trust Colorado in this spot. Due to the injuries on the depth chart, Werner is needed to start again despite getting pulled in his last performance so I would not be surprised to see him struggle once again on Saturday. Meanwhile, Markstrom has been solid in net despite the average record. Give me the home team as a result.

Prediction: Vancouver Canucks

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With Werner in the net, I have to take the over. After a flawless performance in his first start, Werner crashed down to earth as he gave up five goals and was pulled early due to his lackluster play. Now, he has to face an underrated Vancouver offense which has been great at home this season so I can easily see Vancouver scoring at least four goals in this game. At the same time, Colorado still has elite weapons offensively so it should be able to score around three goals. Give me the over as a result.

Prediction: Over

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With Colorado using a third-string goalie, I have to assume that Vancouver will get out to a fast start on Saturday. Vancouver has a ton of offensive talent that should make life very difficult for Werner in the first 20 minutes as I can see the Canucks scoring at least one goal in the first 20 minutes. Meanwhile, Markstrom has been very sturdy in the net so I think he has the ability to shutout Colorado for the first period. Worst case is that you push so I see a lot of value with this selection. Give me the home team.

Prediction: Vancouver Canucks 1P ML
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Written By Scott Reichel

Scott Reichel is a University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate with an insane passion for sports. His commitment to endlessly researching statistics helps separate him from other handicappers with regard to MLB, NBA, NCAAB, NCAAF, NHL and NFL coverage. Scott also shares his passion for sports on StatSalt's YouTube page where he does a daily show called Scott's Selections.