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Boston Bruins vs Colorado Avalanche Betting Odds and Predictions

The Colorado Avalanche will play host to the Boston Bruins amid a historic run on their home ice, and a current seven-game win streak.

The Bruins have been given a tall task to head into Colorado and snag a win, but they may just have a chance based on their recent play. They have won seven of their last ten; however, they have played in many close games as of late, losing their last six straight against the spread.  

Heading into the matchup on Wednesday night, the Colorado Avalanche are -175 favorites at home, and the Boston Bruins are +140 road underdogs. The over/under total was listed at six for this matchup with two decent defensive and strong offensive teams. 

Let’s break down the two teams.


Boston Bruins Breakdown


It was a tough game for Boston on Monday night, falling to the Anaheim Ducks by a score of 5-3. They were able to make it a tight contest many times, pulling within one goal multiple times after the Ducks burst out to a 2-0 lead, but the consistent push from the Ducks secured Anaheim the victory.

Despite the loss, David Pastrnak was able to tally his 20th goal of the season, placing him in a tie with many others for 13th in the NHL in goals. 

The loss brought the Bruins to three wins in their past five games and seven wins in their last ten, showing their solid recent success. 

Offensively, the Bruins are strong, scoring 3.10 goals per game, good enough for 13th in the NHL overall. Brad Marchand and Pastrnak both are nearing a point per game average on the top line with Patrice Bergeron, and both have 20 goals on the season.

They are strong on the power play at sixth in the NHL with a percentage of 25.6, and their shot differential is tops in the league as they get plenty of pucks to the net.

What the Bruins have lacked offensively is depth, as after the top two lines, the number of players contributing offensively dwindles significantly. 

Defensively, they are 10th in the NHL with a 2.72 goals-against average. Goaltender Tuukka Rask has taken most of the workload since his return, but has struggled with keeping pucks out of the net.


Colorado Avalanche Breakdown


The Avalanche, as previously mentioned, have won seven straight games and have tallied a point in over ten consecutive games. 

However, a much more historic run in progress is their current home win streak, which is much larger, reaching 16 games in a row, tying the Boston Bruins for the fifth-longest home win streak in NHL history.

They shut out Chicago in their last contest for a 2-0 victory thanks to a stellar performance from Pavel Francouz in the net.

Nazem Kadri and Mikko Rantanen tallied their 16th and 22nd goals, respectively.

Despite the recent shutout, much of Colorado’s success this season has come to their top offense in the league and their first overall goals per game average of 4.10 goals per contest.

They have many stars up and down their lineup, with Cale Makar, Nathan Mackinnon, Nazem Kadri, Mikko Rantanen, and many others able to contribute night in and night out to the team.

Defensively, they allow 2.95 goals per game, which is 18th in the NHL. However, their potent offense has caused them to often not worry about the number of goals they let in. 

Francouz will likely get the call in net with a 6-1 record, stellar stats, and back-to-back shutouts in his pocket.


Betting Prediction


With Colorado in the midst of a historic home winning streak, I will not be the guy who bets on that to end. 

Colorado is one of the top teams in the league, and while I believe Boston will give them a challenge, their offense will be strong enough to break through a Boston defense and goaltending situation that has been shaky as of late.

I like the Avalanche to extend the home winning streak to 17 and the overall streak to eight.

Pick of the Day: Avalanche ML (-175) take the -1.5 for riskier odds at +135

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