Chicago Blackhawks vs. Colorado Avalanche Pick – NHL October 13, 2021

The Chicago Blackhawks and Colorado Avalanche engage at Ball Arena in downtown Denver. The Pittsburgh Penguins and Vegas Golden Knights opened the season with wins last night.

The Penguins cleared the Lightning by a score of 6-2. It was a slow moving first two periods, and then the Penguins poured it on for 4 goals in the 3rd period. The UNDER was looking great until the floodgates opened late in the final frame.

My Golden Knights’ puckline bet was looking great until 3 unanswered goals from the Seattle Kraken sunk my battleship. The Golden Knights could have been better, especially Robin Lehner, but the Knights go to the second game of the season with a 4-3 win.

After Texas blew that lead in the Red River Showdown against Oklahoma, I haven’t been getting many favorable bounces. That always seems to be the case following a bad beat, unfortunately. When it rains it pours. NFL props have continued to hit at a high rate recently, though. Horse racing has resulted in big profits recently as well, so it isn’t all bad.

The good news is that cold droughts are impossible to avoid, and that if you have good bankroll management, it should only be a blip on your bankroll long term. We’re back on the ice tonight in what should be an exciting contest in Denver.

The Avalanche are looking to finish better this year after going into the playoffs with high expectations. They won the West Division on a tiebreaker over the Vegas Golden Knights at 39-13-4 on the season. That was also good for the best overall record in the NHL and the Presidents’ Trophy.

Winning the Presidents’ Trophy doesn’t equate to a Stanley Cup, as we’ve come to find out time after time in the past. They were dropped by four games against the Golden Knights. The Avs started hot with 2 wins, and then allowed Vegas to secure four straight wins. Returning with all of the talent in the world, the Avalanche will be a threat again in 2021-22.

How many times did it take the Lightning and Capitals to get over their playoff demons? With their current core, the Avalanche are a dangerous team to repeat as the NHL leaders in the regular season. It all comes down to their form in the spring, though. They will see a familiar goaltender on the other side in this contest.

Former Golden Knight, Marc-Andre Fleury, was traded to the Blackhawks in a deal that he probably didn’t want to see be made. Fleury was interested in retiring in Las Vegas, but you can’t always get what you want. His contract was just too much for the Knights to carry with Lehner there as well.

The Blackhawks are coming off a not so memorable season, as they finished with a record of 24-25-7 and 55 points. The addition of Fleury indicates that the Blackhawks are looking for much better this year. They’ve been flirting around the .500 mark the last two years after going 33-39-10 in 2017-18. Head below for our free Blackhawks vs. Avalanche pick on October 13, 2021.

Chicago Blackhawks vs. Colorado Avalanche Live Odds and Betting History:

The following odds are courtesy of BetOnline:

Teams Spread Moneyline Total
Chicago Blackhawks +1.5 (-145) +169 Over 6 (-117)
Colorado Avalanche -1.5 (+114) -188 Under 6 (+106)
Team Data Chicago Blackhawks Colorado Avalanche
Overall Record 0-0-0 0-0-0
Puckline Record 0-0 0-0
Away/Home Record 0-0 0-0
Puckline Away/Home 0-0 0-0
Goals Per Game 0.0 0.0
Goals Against Per Game 0.0 0.0
Shots Per game 0.0 0.0
Shots Against Per Game 0.0 0.0

Blackhawks vs. Avalanche Prediction:

The Colorado Avalanche had more than enough goal scoring to go far last year. They were the highest-scoring offense in the NHL with 3.52 goals scored per game. The Avalanche had a 0.7 goal advantage on the Pittsburgh Penguins for the most goals in the league. Is there anything that’s going to hold the Avalanche back tonight against the Blackhawks?

They are returning the regular cast of contributors for the first full season in three years. The first line is stacked for the Avalanche. There isn’t a defense in the NHL that is going to like seeing Gabriel Landeskog, Nathan MacKinnon, and Mikko Rantanen. Rantanen and MacKinnon were both in the top-10 in scoring last year.

The Blackhawks have been slowly addressing their defensive problems over the last few years. Since the end of their winning era, it’s been tough for Chicago to get stops regularly, partially because of spotty goaltending, but an aging blueline had something to do with it as well. The Hawks were 24th in the NHL with 3.29 goals against per game a year ago.


Chicago Blackhawks vs. Colorado Avalanche Betting Trends:

Blackhawks

  • 2-7 overall in their previous nine games as an underdog
  • 6-20 overall in their previous 26 games as an underdog on the road
  • 1-4 overall in their previous five games versus the Western Conference
  • OVER is 7-1 in their previous eight games
  • OVER is 7-1 in their previous eight games as an underdog

Avalanche

  • 41-15 overall in their previous 56 games as a favorite
  • 38-15 overall in their previous 53 games at Ball Arena
  • OVER is 9-1 in their previous ten games versus the Western Conference
  • OVER is 6-1 in their previous seven games versus the Central Division

The Blackhawks made a power move by trading for Fleury. This isn’t going to fix all of their defensive woes, and they take on an expensive contract for a 36-year-old. He’s going to be working with a totally reworked defense in Chicago. The Blackhawks might need a minute this season to find some cohesiveness on the blueline. Seth Jones joining Chicago is the most notable addition.

This is a tough matchup right out of the gate for the Hawks. Everything is going to work out well defensively, but it could be a difficult road to open the season in Colorado. Darcy Kuemper is slated to receive the start between the pipes for the Avalanche. Philipp Grubauer and his 1.95 GAA is out from last year, and the former Coyote is in the crease.

Kuemper has been dealing with injuries the last two years, so that is a concern. He also regressed after a 2.33 GAA and 2.22 GAA. Kuemper finished with a 2.56 GAA and 0.907 save percentage in 27 outings with the Yotes a season ago.

The Blackhawks were fine offensively with 2.84 goals scored per game in 2021. That was a step back from the previous season, but they’ve been clicking in the preseason. They go into tonight notching at least 5 goals in three of their previous four preseason games. In an entertaining season opener in Denver, I like a high-scoring matchup to go OVER the total.

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