Looking to win big? The Blue Jackets and Avalanche face off at 9:00 ET on ESPN+. The Avalanche are hosting the game at Ball Arena in Denver, CO. The odds for this non-conference game currently have the Avalanche as the -1.5 favorite, with the over/under line sitting at 6.5 goals.

COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS VS COLORADO AVALANCHE BETTING PICK

The Pick: Colorado Avalanche -1.5

This game will be played at Ball Arena at 9:00 ET on Friday, March 22nd.

WHY BET THE COLORADO AVALANCHE:

  • With the Avalanche being favored by 1.5, our NHL analytics models has this one playing out 4-3 in favor of the Avalanche.
  • Take the Avalanche on the moneyline
  • On the spread, we like Blue Jackets (+1.5)

Will the Blue Jackets Make it Happen in Denver?

On the season, the Blue Jackets have struggled, going 23-35-12, which has them in 16th place in the Eastern Conference. In the Metropolitan division, they are in 8th place. Over their last ten games, Columbus has gone 4-6, and they have lost four of their last five games.

When playing on the road, the Blue Jackets are 10-16-7, and they have gone 10-32 against Eastern Conference opponents. As the underdog, Columbus has gone 19-32-11 on the year and 1-4 over their last five games. Over their last three games, they have gone 1-2.

So far this season, Columbus has gone 40-29 against the puck line, including a road puck line record of 20-13. Overall, the Blue Jackets have 15 wins by multiple goals and have gone 7-3 against the puck line in their last ten games.

As the underdog, Columbus has gone 37-25 against the puck line and has dropped 27 games by more than one goal. In their last three road games, the Blue Jackets have gone just 1-2 vs. the puck line.

This season, Columbus’ games have an average of 6.6 goals per game. The average over/under number for the season is 6.5. The Blue Jackets come in with an over/under performance of 33-33-3.

Through their last three road games, Columbus has an puck line record of just 1-2. However, their overall record was 0-3 while averaging 2 goals per game.

For their offensive performance, the Blue Jackets come in averaging 2.9 goals per game this season, which is 24th in the NHL. In the category of shots on goal per game, they are 20th in the league. This season, the Blue Jackets have a 8-11 record in games where they outshoot their opponent. In games with fewer shots on goal, they hold a 14-22 record.

Columbus’ leading goal scorer is Boone Jenner. So far this season, he has 21 goals, placing him 86th in the NHL. Jenner also comes into the game with 11 assists.

Defensively, the Avalanche come into the season ranked 24th in goals allowed. Opponents are averaging 29.4 shots per game against Colorado. For the season, they are ranked 14th in shutouts, coming in with 4 shutouts.

Entering the game, goalie Elvis Merzlikins has started 37 games this season. His current record stands at 12-15, and his save percentage is 0.809%.

Is A Home Victory Likely for the Favored Avalanche?

At home this season, the Avalanche have been dominant, going 26-6-0. Over their last ten games, Colorado has gone 9-1 and has won their last seven games, including their last four at home. When favored, the Avalanche have gone 39-14-5 this season, and they have won five straight games when favored.

Overall, the Avalanche are 44-20-5 this season, which has them in 3rd place in the Western Conference. Against other teams in the Western Conference, Colorado has gone 30-12 this season. Over their last three games, the Avalanche have gone 3-0, and they have gone 5-0 over their last five games.

Overall, the Avalanche have gone 34-35 against the puck line this year, including a 20-12 mark at home. So far, Colorado has 31 wins by multiple goals and an average scoring margin of +.7 goals per game.

Over their last ten games at home, the Avs have gone 7-3 vs. the puck line and have gone 29-29 against the puck line when favored this season. In their last ten games overall, the team has gone 7-3 vs. the puck line.

This season, Colorado’s games are averaging 6.7 goals per game. Their average over/under line is 6.4. The Avalanche currently have an over/under record of 39-28-2.

In their last three games away from home, the Blue Jackets have a straight up record of 0-3 while going 1-2 vs. the spread. The team averaged 2 goals per game in this stretch.

When looking at their offense, the Avalanche have an average of 3.7 goals per game this season, positioning themselves 1st in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are ranked 5th in the league. Colorado’s offense comes into the game ranked 2nd in power play goals. And in terms of shorthanded goals, they are 10th in the NHL.

Colorado’s leading scorer is Nathan MacKinnon. So far, he has 42 goals which is 5th in the NHL. Along with his scoring, he has come up with 75 assists so far.

Defensively, the Avalanche come into the season ranked 24th in goals allowed. Opponents are averaging 29.4 shots per game against Colorado. For the season, they are ranked 14th in shutouts, coming in with 4 shutouts.

Entering the game, goalie Alexandar Georgiev has started 53 games this season. His current record stands at 35-15, and his save percentage is 0.973%.