Having ended their 15-game point streak with a defeat in Minnesota, the Colorado Avalanche (1st in West Division) will try to get back on track while paying a visit to the Anaheim Ducks (8th in the West), who just snapped a three-game losing skid with a victory in San Jose.
Avs End Point StreakThe longest point streak in the NHL this season (13-0-2) came to an end, as the Colorado Avalanche (26-9-4) were thrashed with a count of 8-3 by the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center on Wednesday. Playing just two days after beating the Wild 5-4 in the same building, the Avs outshot the hosts 32-19 and went 2-for-7 with the man-advantage, but killed just one of their five penalties, ultimately allowing three goals in both the first and the last periods, conceding two more in the middle frame when they netted three times themselves. Nathan MacKinnon (15 goals, 47 points this year), Andre Burakovsky (11 goals, 26 points) and Mikko Rantanen (22 goals, 46 points) all scored for Colorado.
Goalie Philipp Grubauer (24-8-1 on the season with a 2.00 GAA and a .919 save percentage) was pulled after allowing seven strikes on 18 shots in 47 minutes of play, with Jonas Johansson (1-0-1 this year with a 3.06 GAA and a .883 save percentage) giving up a goal on his only shot faced in relief. Grubauer has gone 6-4-0 against the Anaheim Ducks in previous encounters with a 1.93 GAA and a .920 save percentage. The Avalanche, meanwhile, are scoring the absolute highest number of goals per game this season (3.59), while conceding the 3rd lowest amount defensively (2.41). They are 9th in power play (23.8%) and 6th in penalty kill (83.5%).
Ducks End Losing RunThe Anaheim Ducks (12-21-7) snapped their three-game losing skid (0-2-1) after earning a 5-1 victory against the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center on Tuesday. The Ducks were outshot just by a single attempt (35-34), went 1-for-1 with the man advantage and killed three of their four penalties, ultimately scoring three snipes in the second period after opening the scoring at 5:55 of the first frame, with David Backes (3 goals, 4 points this season) adding an empty-netter in the final third. Adam Henrique (11 goals, 17 points), Max Comtois (11 goals, 23 points), Isac Lundestrom (6 goals, 9 points) and Nicolas Deslauriers (4 goals, 8 points) all also scored for Anaheim, which recorded just its second regulation triumph since Feb. 11.
Goalie John Gibson stopped 34 shots on Tuesday to take his current performance total to 8-12-6 for the season with a 2.93 GAA and a .901 save percentage. He has picked up an 8-3-2 career record against the Colorado Avalanche with a 2.05 GAA and a .934 save percentage. The Ducks, meanwhile, are netting the 3rd lowest quantity of snipes per game this year (2.28), while giving up the 5th highest amount on the defensive end (3.23). The team is bottom of the league in power play with an 11.5% conversion rate and 23rd in penalty kill with 76.5% proficiency.
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Best Bets for this Game
Full-Game Side Bet
The Avalanche just snapped the longest point streak in the NHL this season, ending a 13-0-2 run with an 8-3 defeat at the Minnesota Wild on Wednesday, and are heavy favorites (-340) to bounce back with a thrashing of the Ducks. These odds hold no value at all, but do improve the possible payout when backing Anaheim on the puck line (+110). The Ducks, take note, have got goalie John Gibson back in the crease, with him having posted a 2-0-1 total in his last three starts. Six of the past eight overall contests of Anaheim, meanwhile, have all favored the Ducks with a +1.5 goal-advantage, while out of their previous 13 meetings with Colorado, only two would have not cashed in when backing Anaheim on the puck line as the underdog. Besides, Honda Center has not been one of the most favorite places of the Avs to visit anyway, with the team from Denver dropping 20 of its past 29 trips to the home of the Ducks.
Full-Game Total Pick
The Ducks and the Avalanche have split their last eight contests between high- and low-scoring games. Still, do bank on this one to finish below the six-goal barrier! The very last four meetings between the pair in Anaheim have already delivered just a minimal amount of markers, averaging no more than 3.25 snipes per matchup. Besides, the most recent five Friday outings of Colorado have all finished with just a minimal amount of tallies on the scoreboard, while five of the previous eight overall fixtures of the Ducks have all gone under the total, posting an average of just 4.60 strikes per game.