Looking to win big? The Avalanche and Red Wings face off at 7:00 ET on ESPN+. The Red Wings are hosting the game at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, MI. In this non-conference matchup, the Avalanche are favored by -1.5 vs. the Red Wings. The over/under for the game is 7 goals.


The Pick: Detroit Red Wings +1.5

This game will be played at Little Caesars Arena at 7:00 ET on Thursday, February 22nd.


  • In spite of being 1.5 goal underdogs, we anticipate the Red Wings winning this one 4-3.
  • We like the Red Wings on the moneyline (+120)
  • The Red Wings are also our pick on the spread at +1.5

Can Colorado Secure a Road Victory?

On the season, the Avalanche have gone 35-18-4, which has them in 2nd place in the Central Division and 3rd place in the Western Conference. On the road, Colorado has gone 13-13-4 this year, and they have a two-game winning streak coming into this one. Over their last ten games, the Avalanche have gone 5-5, and they have gone 3-2 over their last five games.

So far this season, the Avalanche have been favored in 48 of their 57 games, and they have gone 32-12-4 in those games. Against other teams in the Western Conference, Colorado has gone 22-11 this year.

On the road, the Avalanche are 10-20 vs. the puck line this season, and their overall puck line record is 27-30. So far, Colorado has 26 wins by multiple goals, and their average scoring margin is +.5 goals per game.

Against the puck line, the Avs have gone 4-6 in their last ten games, and their average scoring differential as the favorite is +.9 goals per contest. In their last ten road games, Colorado has gone just 3-7 vs. the puck line.

Games involving Colorado have an average of 6.9 goals per game this season. Their average over/under line is 6.3. In terms of their over/under performance, the Avalanche come in with a record of 34-21-2.

Although Colorado has a straight up record of 1-2 in their last three road games, they have not held up as well vs the puck line going 1-2. The team averaged 3 goals per game in these games.

The Avalanche come into the game scoring an average of 3.7 goals per game, putting them 2nd in the NHL. Regarding shots targeted at the goal per game, they are 3rd in the league. Colorado’s offense comes into the game ranked 3rd in power play goals. And in terms of shorthanded goals, they are 8th in the NHL.

Colorado’s leading scorer is Nathan MacKinnon. So far, he has 33 goals which is 6th in the NHL. In addition to his goal scoring, MacKinnon has 59 assists this season.

Detroit defense takes on the Avalanche ranked 9th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are averaging 32.2 shots per game against Detroit. They also are 8th in shutouts, with 4 shutouts.

Goalie Alexandar Georgiev comes into the game having made 46 starts this season. So far, his record is 30-13 and he has a save percentage of 0.991%.

Will the Red Wings Make it Happen at Home?

At home this season, the Red Wings are 15-8-5 and have won two straight games. In the Eastern Conference, Detroit is in 8th place and 5th in the Atlantic Division. For the year, the Red Wings are 29-20-6 and have 64 points.

As the underdog, Detroit has gone 18-18-2 and has won two straight games when not favored. In the last 10 games, the Red Wings have gone 6-4 and have a 2-1 record in their last three games. Against the Eastern Conference, Detroit is 16-15.

As the underdog, the Red Wings have gone 27-11 vs. the puck line this season, including 2-1 in their last three games. Overall, Detroit’s puck line record is at 33-22.

So far, the team’s average scoring differential is +.3 goals per game, and they have 17 wins by multiple goals compared to 12 losses by multiple goals.

The average goal total for Detroit’s games is sitting at 6.8. The average over/under line for the season is 6.4. The Red Wings come in with an over/under record of 31-24-0.

Across the Avalanche last three road games, the team averaged 3 goals per game while allowing 4. Their record vs the puck line in these contests was 1-2, while going 1-2 straight-up.

When looking at their offense, the Red Wings have an average of 3.5 goals per game this season, positioning themselves 7th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are ranked 25th in the league. So far this year, the Red Wings are 9-6 in games they have had more shots on goal than their opponent. They are 20-13 in games with fewer shots on goal.

Detroit’s leading scorer is Dylan Larkin. So far, he has 24 goals which is 25th in the NHL. Along with his scoring, he has come up with 25 assists so far.

The Red Wings defense is currently 9th in goals allowed. Opponents are averaging 32.2 shots per game against Detroit. In terms of shutouts, they come into the game ranked 8th with 4 shutouts.

Heading into this matchup vs. Colorado, goalie Alex Lyon has started 24 games in this season. His current record is 15-8, and his save percentage stands at 0.708%.