Colorado Avalanche vs. Carolina Hurricanes NHL Pick – March 10

An absolute marquee matchup will unfold Thursday evening as the first-place Colorado Avalanche take on the first-place Carolina Hurricanes, in what promises to be a great showdown between two of the NHL’s elite squads.

Though it’s still relatively early for this, this would have to be considered the early favourite to be the 2022 Stanley Cup Final match-up. With the current form of both teams, Thursday’s encounter is definitely can’t-miss action.

Colorado enters this game having won 41 of 58 contests this season. They crush teams with a loaded offensive attack, netting 3.9 goals/game, and have scored eight in their past two contests. And though they’ve lost three of their past four, it has been goaltending that has continued to plague this loaded lineup. Neither Darcy Kuemper nor Pavel Francouz have been great in goal over the past couple of weeks, and while they’ve shown a high skillset in the past, that tandem needs to find their game, and fast.

Carolina will challenge Colorado and with a stingy defensive scheme in place, make it tough on the pace and skill of the Avs’ forwards. The Hurricanes are atop the Metropolitan division and though their offense is in a bit of a slump, their defensive play and penalty killing remains excellent. Look for goaltender Freddie Andersen to return in net Thursday evening, and the big Dane has been stellar for Carolina all season long.

Continue reading on beneath the posted odds for the latest news, trends, and betting analysis, as we break down this big Carolina vs. Colorado showdown. It’s been a red-hot stretch for us of late on the ice, and we’ll look to keep this rolling on Thursday evening.

Colorado Avalanche vs. Carolina Hurricanes Live Odds & Betting History

*These odds are provided by BetOnline.ag

Spread:

  • Colorado Avalanche -1.5 (+210)
  • Carolina Hurricanes +1.5 (-190)
Moneyline:

  • Colorado Avalanche (-110)
  • Carolina Hurricanes (-110)
Total Points:

  • Over 6.5 (+100)
  • Under 6.5 (-120)
TEAM DATA AVALANCHE HURRICANES
Overall Record 41-12-5 39-12-5
ATS Record 28-30 27-29
Home/Away Record 18-9-2 21-4-2
Goals Per Game 3.9 3.4
Goals Against Per Game 2.9 2.4
Shots On Goal Per Game 35.4 33.7
Shooting % 9.4 9.8

Colorado Avalanche vs. Carolina Hurricanes Prediction:

Though this is an elite matchup, both teams enter Thursday night in Raleigh admittedly not playing their best hockey. For the Canes though, getting All-Star Frederik Andersen back in goal should make a big difference. He’s been a rock for Carolina all season long, and will be crucial in stifling the Avs’ big-time shooters.

The Canes are 3-1-1 from their past five contests but have played down to the opposition. Expect Colorado to bring out the best in them, and it does help that they’re getting healthy at the right time for this matchup. Carolina is well-suited to trouble Colorado, given their usage of line-matching for last change on home ice, and their impenetrable penalty-kill that currently sits at 89.1%. By the way, that is very near the mark set for top-PK rate in the league’s history.

Colorado will try and fight fire with fire, and throw out their top stars at the top defensive units of the Canes. The Avs have a comfortable division lead and have tinkered of late with pairings and line combos, but yet are still controlling play at 5v5 to the tune of getting 55% of the expected goals. Both Nathan MacKinnon and Nazem Kadri control their units, and basically run two first-lines at most teams. Cale Makar is essentially a roving forward on defense, and is torching the NHL right now. Carolina’s defensive structure and play without the puck will again get a stiff test for the league’s top unit.

 

Avalanche vs. Hurricanes Trends To Know:

  • Avalanche are 5-1 in their last 6 vs. Metropolitan.
  • Hurricanes are 20-6 in their last 26 Thursday games.
  • Hurricanes are 39-17 in their last 56 overall.
  • Under is 6-1 in Avalanche last 7 in the fourth game of a 4-in-6 days situation.
  • Under is 5-1 in Hurricanes last 6 overall.
  • Avalanche are 3-7 in the last 10 meetings in Carolina.

 

The Avs have not fared well recently in Carolina, and Thursday will be yet another tough outing for this high-octane, but slumping group.  The Canes do very well to limit other teams’ top talents, don’t allow many high danger chances, and with Freddie Andersen back in goal, that should solidify their play without the puck.  The Avs’ offense is elite, but their defensive zone structure and goaltending remain works in progress.  Colorado’s mini-slump continues on Thursday – back the home Hurricanes.

 

 

My Pick
Carolina
Will S. / Author

Will has been working with The Sports Geek since its early days back in 2010. He began as a soccer specialist, focusing on detailed reports for major international competitions, including the World Cup and European Championships. Since then, he has produced weekly pick articles on both the NFL and English Premier League, while also contributing blog posts on the NHL, MLB, and even WWE wrestling. Will is also an avid sports bettor and daily fantasy player, always eager to share his thoughts and insight on anything going on in the world of sports.

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