Colorado Avalanche vs. Vancouver Canucks Free Preview

Rogers Arena plays host to a Western Conference matchup as the Colorado Avalanche travel to British Columbia to take on the Vancouver Canucks. Sportsnet Pacific will broadcast the matchup, and the puck drops at 10 p.m. ET on Tuesday, January 30.

Colorado Avalanche at Vancouver Canucks Odds

Each team currently has an identical -110 money line in this matchup and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at 6 goals. The line for betting the total stands at -110 money on the over and -110 for the under.

Colorado is 27-21 straight up (SU) and has netted 10.8 units for moneyline bettors this season. 26 of its matches have gone over the total, while 20 have gone under and just two have pushed. The Avs are 9-13 SU as the road team in 2017-18.

Colorado has converted on 20.2 percent of its power play opportunities this season, a figure that’s right around league average. Additionally, its penalty kill is ranked fifth overall, and it has successfully killed off 83.7 percent of all penalties.

Colorado, as a collective unit, has been sent to the penalty box 4.2 times per game overall this season, and 5.0 per game over its last five on the road. The team has been forced to defend opponent power plays just 8.2 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.

Averaging 28.5 saves per game with a .912 save percentage, Semyon Varlamov (14-12-2) has been the best option in goal for Colorado this year. If Colorado decides to rest him, however, they might turn to Jonathan Bernier (14-10-1), who has a .919 save percentage and 2.62 goals against average this year.

Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen will both look to continue their strong seasons for the visiting Avalanche. MacKinnon (60 points) has tallied 24 goals and 36 assists, and has recorded multiple points in 18 different games. Rantanen has 17 goals and 30 assists to his name, and has registered a point in 30 games.

On the other side of the ice, Vancouver is 19-30 straight up (SU) and has lost 5.7 units for moneyline bettors thus far. 27 of its matches have gone over the total, while 22 have gone under and none have pushed. This season, the team is 8-16 SU at home.

Vancouver has converted on 22.1 percent of its power play opportunities this year, a figure that places it in the top-10 among NHL teams. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 27th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 77.7 percent of all penalties.

Vancouver players have been called for penalties 3.8 times per game in total this season, and 3.0 per game over their last ten games. The teams had to kill penalties just 6.6 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.

Jacob Markstrom (26.3 saves per game) has been the top option in goal for Vancouver. Markstrom has 13 wins, 23 losses, and five overtime losses to his name and has maintained a poor .908 save percentage and 2.74 goals against average this season.

Brock Boeser (24 goals, 19 assists) will lead the attack for the Canucks.

Colorado Avalanche at Vancouver Canucks Betting Predictions

Free Pick: SU Winner – Avalanche, O/U – Under

Betting Notes

  • The under has hit in three of Vancouver’s last five games.
  • The Avalanche are 13-6 when they serve fewer penalty minutes than their opponent and 16-14 in games where they’re in the penalty box for fewer than 10 minutes, total.
  • Colorado is 1-1 in games decided by a shootout this season while Vancouver is 0-3 in shootouts.
  • Vancouver skaters have created 7.6 takeaways per game over its last five home games, an improvement over its season average of 5.8 takeaways per game (ranked 28th).
  • Colorado skaters have managed 4.2 takeaways per game over its last five road games, a drop-off from its season average of 7.1 takeaways per game (ranked 18th overall).