New York Rangers vs. Colorado Avalanche Pick – NHL December 14, 2021

The New York Rangers and Colorado Avalanche headline a Tuesday night matchup at Ball Arena. The Denver Nuggets are coming off a win at home last night, and now the arena will be changed over to an ice pad for the Avalanche to attempt to win another for the home town.

The Avalanche are coming off a 3-2 win over the Florida Panthers on Sunday. They clawed deep late in the 3rd period to prevent the game from going into overtime. A late penalty on the Avalanche and an empty net, set up a 2-man advantage for the Panthers.

Colorado was able to hold on despite the Panthers coming really close to tying the game up. They earned 2 points to move to 16-7-2 and 34 points in the Central Division. The Avalanche trail the Minnesota Wild for first by 5 points.

It’s too early to start naming who is going to win the division. Colorado has as good a chance as any of the other top contenders in the Central. The Wild have been hot through the first-half, but expect the final stretch to get interesting with the Avalanche likely right there at the regular season wire.

The Rangers have gotten off to a sharp start to the 2021-22 campaign as well. You kind of saw this coming with the Rangers over the last two years. They were quietly putting a solid team together and just needed some time.

The Rangers go to Denver with a record of 18-6-3 and 39 points. They are in a tie with the Hurricanes for second best in the Metropolitan Division. In a tough division, the Rangers are up against it with this competition, but are doing as good as they can.

They’re coming off a 1-0 loss versus the Predators, though winners in eight of their previous ten attempts. The Avalanche were at Madison Square Garden on December 8 and left with a 7-3 win. Adam Huska got torched for 7 goals on 39 shots in that one.

Head below for our free Rangers vs. Avalanche pick on December 14, 2021.

New York Rangers vs. Colorado Avalanche Betting Odds and Team Statistics:

The following odds are courtesy of BetOnline:

Teams Spread Moneyline Total
New York Rangers +1.5 (-141) +168 Over 6 (-120)
Colorado Avalanche -1.5 (+121) -187 Under 6 (+100)
Team Data New York Rangers Colorado Avalanche
Overall Record 18-6-3 16-7-2
Puckline Record 13-14 13-12
Away/Home Record 10-3-2 9-2-1
Puckline Away/Home 10-5 8-4
Goals Per Game 2.89 4.32
Goals Against Per Game 2.52 3.36
Shots Per Game 28.70 34.12
Shots Against Per Game 31.85 30.68

Rangers vs. Avalanche Prediction:

The Rangers will have to put together a lot more resistance if they’re going to get closer tonight after a 7-3 loss to the Avalanche last week.

Colorado may not score 7 goals this time, but the Rangers have to expect another high-octane effort from the Avalanche. The Avalanche can score on any team in the league, as they’ve shown multiple times this season.

They are first in the NHL with an average of 4.32 goals scored per game. At home, the Avs have scored nearly 5 goals a game with an average of 4.75 goals a game netted.

Alexandar Georgiev has been confirmed for the Rangers in the crease. He’s been alright with a 2.85 GAA and 0.902 save percentage, and just a 3.10 GAA and 0.899 save percentage on the road.

In their last ten games, the Avalanche have been on fire with 4.8 goals scored per game. It took them a minute to get going on Sunday, but they poured on 3 goals in a hurry to put the Avalanche ahead over the Panthers.

Look for the Avalanche to start earlier on Tuesday night against the Rangers. For the Rangers, they’re coming off a silent game offensively in a 1-0 loss, but could see them getting back on track. Despite getting shut out, the Rangers have been scoring over the last two weeks.


New York Rangers vs. Colorado Avalanche Betting Trends:

Rangers

  • 12-3 overall in their previous 15 games
  • 9-4 overall in their previous 13 teams versus a team with a winning record
  • 6-2 overall in their previous eight games on a Tuesday
  • 9-20 overall in their previous 29 games as an underdog on the road
  • OVER is 5-1 in their previous six games as an underdog

Avalanche

  • 48-20 overall in their previous 68 games
  • 47-15 overall in their previous 62 games as a favorite
  • OVER is 7-1 in their previous eight games at Ball Arena
  • OVER is 9-2 in their previous 11 games versus the Eastern Conference
  • OVER is 9-2-1 in their previous 12 games

The Rangers have put in an average of 3.3 goals per game over their last ten games. On the road this season, they’ve scored an average of 3 goals per game.

In their last three attempts versus the Avalanche, they’ve scored 3.3 goals per game since January 7. Defense and goaltending has been holding the Avs back so far this season.

They are 26th in the NHL with 3.4 goals against per game. In their last ten games, the Avs have conceded 3.5 goals per game. They narrowly escaped giving up 3 more goals on Sunday to the Panthers. Florida had the pressure on and couldn’t finish.

This looks like a 4-3 game at Ball Arena tonight. The OVER looks like the best place to look in this one.

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Kyle E / Author

Kyle is a veteran of TheSportsGeek and has spent nearly a decade providing accurate sports picks and writeups here. He has been a sports handicapper for 10+ years and started sharing his picks and thoughts in 2011 at TheSportsGeek. His expertise spans across multiple sports, including the NFL, NCAAF, MLB, NHL, and horse racing. Prior to writing for TheSportsGeek, Kyle was a fantasy football expert, who ultimately parlayed it into a successful sports betting career. You can find his picks daily only at TheSportsGeek.

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