Colorado Avalanche vs. Detroit Red Wings Free Pick

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Nathan MacKinnon, Mikko Rantanen, and the Colorado Avalanche will face off against Dylan Larkin, Gustav Nyquist, and the Detroit Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena in an East-West showdown. The match gets going at 7 p.m. ET on Sunday, December 2, and it is being televised live on Fox Sports Detroit.

Colorado Avalanche at Detroit Red Wings Odds

Colorado enters the contest as the heavy favorite with a -145 moneyline. The line for the Red Wings now stands at +125 and the Over/Under (O/U) has been placed at an even 6 goals (-105 over, -115 under).

Colorado is 15-11 straight up (SU) and has netted 2.9 units for moneyline bettors this season. 13 of its outings have gone over the total, while another 13 have gone under and none have pushed. The Avs are 9-6 SU on the road in 2018-19.

Colorado currently touts the second-strongest power-play unit in the NHL, as it’s found the net on 31.4 percent of its extra-man opportunities this year. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 13th overall, and the team’s successfully killed off 80.4 percent of all penalties..

Averaging 29.7 saves per game with a .927 save percentage, Semyon Varlamov (9-8-3) has been the primary option in goal for Colorado this season. If head coach Jared Bednar chooses to rest him, however, the team may roll with Philipp Grubauer (6-3-2), who has a .904 save percentage and 3.06 goals against average this year.

On the other side of the rink, Detroit is 12-14 straight up (SU) and has earned moneyline bettors 0.9 units this season. 12 of its contests have gone over the total, while another 12 have gone under and just one has pushed. This year, the team’s 7-7 SU at home.

The Red Wings have converted on just 20.3 percent of their power play chances this season, a figure that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 17th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 78.9 percent of all penalties.

Jimmy Howard has denied 30.4 shots per game as the primary option in goal for the Red Wings. Howard has nine wins, 10 losses, and three OT losses to his credit and has recorded a .923 save percentage and 2.66 goals against average this season.

Colorado Avalanche at Detroit Red Wings Betting Predictions

Free NHL Tip: SU Winner \u2013 Red Wings, O/U \u2013 Under

Betting Trends

  • A large majority (80.0 percent) of Colorado’s wins have come by two or more goals, and the team is 12-3 overall in games decided by at least two scores. 4 of Detroit’s wins (33.3 percent) have been decided by two or more goals.
  • The Avalanche are 6-2 when they serve fewer penalty minutes than their opponent and 10-4 in games where they’re in the box for fewer than 10 penalty minutes, total.
  • Two of Detroit’s last ten games have gone to a shootout. The team is 1-1 in those games and 2-2 overall in shootouts this season.
  • Detroit may hold the upper hand if this one comes down to the wire. The team’s 8-6 in games decided by one goal, while Colorado is 3-8 in such games.
  • For both of these clubs, the under has hit in three of their last five matchups.
  • Colorado skaters have averaged 9.2 giveaways over its last five home games, a rise over its season average of 6.8 giveaways per game (ranked fourth).
  • Detroit skaters have averaged 16.8 giveaways over its last five home games, a rise over its season average of 13.6 giveaways per game (ranked 31st in the NHL).