Money Line Pick
The past week has been rough for this Carolina Hurricanes team. Not only have they fallen out of the playoff picture, but both their top goalies got hurt this past weekend and they had to win the game with an emergency goalie. This likely means Carolina will have a very inexperienced goalie for this game. As of now, their choices are Anton Forsberg, who has not played a game this season, and Alex Nedeljkovic, who has only played one game this season. Colorado on the other hand, are one of the top teams in the Western Conference. They have won 4 games in a row and are 7-1 in their last 8 following a win. The Avalanche are also one of the best road teams in all of hockey with an away record of 20-9-2. The fact that Colorado are a small dog here is very odd, but the Avalanche are the only way I can play this game.
Over Under Pick
The Avalanche have really picked up their defense, which is why the under is the only way I can look here. Colorado are allowing an average of 1.6 goals per game over their last five, while only scoring 2.2. The lack of goalie depth is really going to hurt Carolina, so I except the Avalanche to be able to score. The under is 7-0-1 in the last 8 meetings played in Carolina. The under is also 8-0 in Colorado’s last 8 games following a win. Furthermore, the under is 10-1 in the Avalanche’s last 11 overall, so I look for the under to be an easy pick here.