Detroit Red Wings vs. Colorado Avalanche Free Preview 1/20/20

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Dylan Larkin, Tyler Bertuzzi, and the Detroit Red Wings will face off against Nathan MacKinnon, Cale Makar, and the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center in an East-West matchup. The puck is going to drop at 3 p.m. ET on Monday, January 20, and it’s being televised live on Fox Sports Detroit.

Detroit Red Wings at Colorado Avalanche Odds

Moneyline odds have not yet been posted for this matchup.

Colorado is 27-21 straight-up (SU) and has earned 1.3 units for moneyline bettors this year. That winning percentage, ranked 2nd in the Central Division in this young season, is a welcome improvement over the 38-44 record from last year’s regular season campaign. Of its 48 games this season, 25 have gone over the total, while 21 have gone under and just two have pushed. The team’s 13-11 SU at home this year.

The Avalanche have converted on 18.6 percent of their power play opportunities this year, a figure that’s right around league average. On the other hand, their penalty kill is ranked 24th overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 77.9 percent of all penalties.

Boasting a .910 save percentage and 27.3 saves per game, Philipp Grubauer (15 wins, 14 losses, and four OT losses) has been the best goalkeeper for the Avs this season. If the Avs, however, choose to rest him, head coach Jared Bednar could turn to Pavel Francouz (12-7-7 record, .926 save percentage, 2.41 goals against average).

On the other side of the ice, Detroit is 12-37 straight up (SU) and has lost 18.1 units for bettors taking the moneyline thus far. 22 of its contests have gone over the total, while another 22 have gone under the total and just five have pushed. As the road team so far, the Red Wings are 4-19 SU.

The Red Wings have converted on just 14.6 percent of their power play opportunities this season, a mark that’s ranked 31st in the NHL. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 31st overall and it’s successfully defended 73.2 percent of all penalties.

Jonathan Bernier (2.99 goals against average and .904 save percentage) has been the primary option in goal for Detroit. Bernier is averaging 26.0 saves per game and has 10 wins, 18 losses, and two OT losses to his credit.

Detroit Red Wings at Colorado Avalanche Free Picks

NHL Prediction: SU Winner – Avalanche, O/U – Under

Betting Trends

  • Detroit has managed 27.8 shot attempts per game over its last five road games while Colorado is averaging 34.6 shots per game over its last five at home.
  • Over Detroit’s last ten games, six of them have been decided by two or more goals (the team is 1-5 in those games).
  • Detroit skaters have accounted for the 12th-most hits in the league (22.6 per game).