A Western Conference game is set for Sunday night when the Colorado Avalanche (48-24-6, 27-11-1 away) visit the Anaheim Ducks (23-45-11, 12-23-3 home). Colorado is in a three-way battle for the Central Division title, but they can take a two-point advantage with a win in this one. Anaheim wants Connor Bedard, and they are doing their best to lose every game until the end of the season. Below is my NHL pick for the Avalanche vs Ducks.
Colorado Avalanche vs Anaheim Ducks Betting Pick
The Pick: Colorado Avalanche -300
This game will be played at PPG Paints Arena at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 9, 2023.
Why Bet the Colorado Avalanche:
✅ Colorado looks ready to defend their championship as they have won seven of their last eight games played.
✅ The Avalanche have been dominant on the road and have won nine consecutive games away from Ball Arena.
✅ Anaheim is bad, and tanking, and have lost 10 consecutive games as they are ready for Cancun.
The Colorado Avalanche Are the Best in the West
Colorado is gearing up to defend their Stanley Cup and they are hitting form at the exact right time. The Avalanche have yet to lose a game in April, going 4-0, and have beaten some good teams in their current four-game winning streak. This streak started with a 5-2 home win over the Dallas Starts and was bookended with a 4-3 win at Los Angeles.
Nathan MacKinnon is one of the best in the game and he leads the Avs with 67 assists and 104 points this season. Mikko Rantanen has scored a team high 52 goals this year.
Anaheim Ducks Continue Their Tank for Connor Bedard
Anaheim stinks and they are doing their best to get better odds for Connor Bedard. This is the most highly touted prospect in recent memory and many teams are doing exactly Anaheim is. The Ducks got their first point in quite some time a 5-4 overtime loss at Arizona on Saturday.
Trevor Zegras has been the lone bright spot for Anaheim this season as he leads the team with 22 goals, 39 assists, and 61 points.