For the Avalanche, this season can’t be over soon enough. When you look back at when Patrick Roy was announced the head coach of the Avs, I think this season was supposed to be the year everything came together for them. It came together, albeit, a couple of years ahead of schedule.
Is there such a thing as it happening too soon, though? It would seem that the entire organization got a little too comfortable and let their guard down. We look now, and the Avalanche are a team destined for a top pick in the NHL Draft.
You have to feel for some members of this team, notably Matt Duchene who is a talented guy, but there is just no chemistry with nobody else on this roster. He is not to blame for this downward slope into the ground. Tyson Barrie? Gabriel Landeskog?
Come on guys, this franchise put a lot of faith in you guys after saying goodbye to Paul Stastny and Ryan O’Reilly. There wasn’t enough money to go around, and the Avs felt that Barrie and Landeskog were a part of the future.
Barrie and Landeskog are not playing up to their billing. Stastny has played a critical role in St. Louis, and O’Reilly is part of the rebuilding process in Buffalo. Removing them from the foundation in Buffalo has proven too much for them to overcome. The Avs welcome the Blackhawks tonight in Denver, let’s get straight to our Avalanche vs. Blackhawks pick for Tuesday in the NHL.
Chicago Blackhawks vs. Colorado Avalanche Pick
This season is in the toilet for the Avalanche. At 21-54-2, they have their vacation plans all ready for the end of the regular season. It sounds nice and all, but this roster knows there are going to be jobs on the line in the summer. Meanwhile, the Blackhawks are gearing up for yet another run at the Stanley Cup. The Blackhawks lost a tough one to the Bruins on Sunday afternoon, so they’ll be looking for a bounce back performance against the hopeless Avalanche tonight.
The Blackhawks have averaged 2.97 goals per game this season, equating to 7th overall in the NHL. They’re also in the top 10 defensively, with an average of 2.54 goals allowed per game. The Hawks have had no problems exercising their will on the road, as they enter tonight with a record of 24-12-2 on the road.
After falling to the Bruins on Sunday, I expect a nice performance from the Blackhawks tonight. They’ve beaten the Avs in six of their last seven meetings, including 6-3 and 6-4 wins in their last two dates. I expect the Blackhawks to make it past the Avalanche easily tonight. Thus, our NHL pick is on the Hawks’ puck-line.
PICK: BLACKHAWKS -1.5 (+110)