Vancouver Canucks vs. Colorado Avalanche NHL Pick – March 23

The Vancouver Canucks will head to the road after a disappointing deadline stretch to take on the NHL’s top team, the Colorado Avalanche.

Though the Canucks fought back throughout the season to make things interesting and re-enter a playoff push, some recent losses to inferior competition have likely derailed their chances. They shipped out a couple of key pieces at the trade deadline earlier this week, and focused on bringing in some youth to the roster. One of those pieces was former Toronto defeceman, Travis Dermott. The young blue-liner should help Vancouver’s mobility on the back-end.

For Colorado, this is a group solely focused on playoff success. They went all-in once again at the deadline, sparing no expense to improve their roster. Arturri Lehkonen was brought in from Montreal, and Josh Manson was acquired to shore up their defense. This is as complete a roster as there is in hockey, and as Colorado again closes in on another President’s Trophy, they very much would prefer to hoist the Stanley Cup around the end of June this season. The thinking here is that this is their best chance yet.

It’s always exciting when these two high-energy squads face-off, and Wednesday night won’t be any different. For added insight, and all of the most up-to-date betting news, trends, and analysis – continue reading on beneath the posted odds. It should be a high-octane game Wednesday night in Colorado, as the Avs play host to the Canucks. Enjoy!

Colorado Avalanche vs. Vancouver Canucks Live Odds & Betting History

*These odds are provided by BetOnline.ag

Spread:

  • Vancouver Canucks +1.5 (+105)
  • Colorado Avalanche -1.5 (-125)
Moneyline:

  • Vancouver Canucks (+235)
  • Colorado Avalanche (-265)
Total Points:

  • Over 6.5 (-120)
  • Under 6.5 (+100)
TEAM DATA CANUCKS AVALANCHE
Overall Record 30-26-8 45-13-5
ATS Record 36-28 31-32
Home/Away Record 16-13-3 25-3-3
Goals Per Game 2.8 3.8
Goals Against Per Game 2.9 2.8
Shots On Goal Per Game 32.4 34.9
Shooting % 8.7 11.0

Vancouver Canucks vs. Colorado Avalanche Prediction:

While this year has definitely been a disappointing one for the Canucks, this remains a young team on the rise. Their offense is showing some real signs of life over the past few weeks, and despite not finding too much success defensively and dropping out of the playoff race, look for Vancouver to still be able to cause some headaches for teams down the stretch.

One of their strongest elements to their game this season has been the play of their star goalie in Thatcher Demko. With Vancouver on a back-to-back, Demko will get a night off, and instead veteran netminder Jaro Halak will be between the pipes. That is quite the downgrade for the Canucks as Demko has been an All-Star and a top-10 goalie by most metrics, all season long. Halak and the Nucks’ defense should have their hands full with a loaded Avs’ attack.

Colorado enters fresh off a 3-2 victory in OT against Edmonton a couple of nights ago. As the Avs continue their push for the top-spot in the Western Conference, they’ve really shown growth at both ends of the ice. Their offense is electric, their defense is stifling, and Darcy Kuemper continues to give Colorado excellent goaltending.

The Avs are top-5 in many 5v5 shot metric and chance-generating stats. This is a deep and fast club that tilts the ice at even strength. Expect Colorado’s top-two lines to really wear down Vancouver’s shaky blueline, and put some pucks past Halak in the process. It’ll be up to the Canucks to keep up on Wednesday night.

Canucks vs. Avalanche Trends To Know:

  • Canucks are 4-0 in their last 4 games playing on 2 days rest.
  • Canucks are 4-1 in their last 5 Wednesday games.
  • Avalanche are 45-8 in their last 53 home games.
  • Over is 7-0 in Canucks last 7 vs. Western Conference.
  • Over is 7-1 in Avalanche last 8 vs. a team with a losing record.
  • Over is 3-0-1 in the last 4 meetings between these teams.
  • Over is 5-0 in Canucks last 5 games as a road underdog.

 

The trends all point to this being a high-scoring game, and it’d be tough to not see goals Wednesday night in Denver.  With the way the Avs are scoring, and Jaro Halak in goal, Colorado should see this as a night to pad their already impressive stats.  Meanwhile, the skill on Vancouver is underrated significantly, and with the Canucks battling for hopeful post-season results, don’t count Vancouver’s young, and fast-paced group out either.  Expect an exciting, back-and-forth affair with both teams showcasing offense first.  Roll with the Over 6.5 here.

 

My Pick
Over 6.5
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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