The NHL action continues on Monday, January 16, with this inter-conference tilt in Colorado, and here you can get the best Red Wings vs. Avalanche betting pick and odds.
Detroit will open a three-game road trip when they visit Colorado at Ball Arena. The Avalanche are -275 moneyline favorites on BetOnline Sportsbook, while the total is set at 6.5 goals. These inter-conference rivals will meet for the first time this season.
Red Wings couldn’t complete a comeback against Columbus
The Detroit Red Wings (18-16-5-2, 22-19) were looking to conclude their three-game home stand with the third victory but lost to the weakest team in the Eastern Conference. The Red Wings defeated Winnipeg and Toronto, scoring 11 goals in the process, but they couldn’t beat the Columbus Blue Jackets, who celebrated a 4-3 win in Detroit.
Columbus got to a 4-0 lead early in the second period before Detroit scored three through Olli Maatta, Jake Walman, and Lucas Raymond in the final frame. However, that wasn’t enough to complete a comeback, so the Red Wings fell short. This year, Dylan Larkin is the only Red Wing in the top 100 in the NHL when it comes to points with 38 (G 14, A 24).
Ville Husso (14-9-5) is a probable goalie against Colorado on Monday. The 27-year-old is surrendering 3.00 goals per game this season with a .902 SV% and three shutouts.
D Mark Pysyk (Achilles), RW Matt Luff (wrist), and LW Filip Zadina (lower body) are out indefinitely and will not feature on Monday in Denver.
Avalanche dismantled Ottawa at home
The Colorado Avalanche (21-17-1-2, 18-23 ATS) are not going through a good period of the year, but they did display their best performance of the season in a 7-0 home victory over the Ottawa Senators. The reigning champions lost seven of eight games before this win, snapping a four-game losing skid at home along the way.
The Avs scored a season-high seven goals and reminisced of a team that won the Stanley Cup last year. Artturi Lehkonen and Alex Newhook led the team with three points apiece, while Pavel Francouz registered his first shutout of the campaign as he stopped all 29 shots at his goal. So far this term, Mikko Rantanen leads Colorado with 53 points (G 29, A 24) and is in the top 10 in the NHL in that regard. Nathan MacKinnon with 43 (G 11, A 32) and Cale Makar with 40 points (G 11, A 29) are also key players for the Avalanche.
Alexandar Georgiev (16-11-3) is expected to start at the goal against the Red Wings on Monday. The 26-year-old is allowing 2.75 goals per contest this year along with a .915 SV% and two shutouts.
LW Gabriel Landeskog (lower body), LW Valeri Nichushkin (ankle), and LW Darren Helm (lower body) are out indefinitely and will not be available against the Red Wings on Monday.
- 5-11 in the last 16 overall
- 5-21 in the last 26 Monday games
- 5-0 in the last five games when playing at home against Detroit
- 20-7 in the last 27 Monday games
Detroit Red Wings vs. Colorado Avalanche Pick
Colorado is not playing well offensively this year as the Avs are scoring 2.98 goals per game, but the last 7-0 victory is going to boost their morale for this tilt with Detroit. The Avalanche is better when it comes to defense as they allow 2.83 goals per contest, while Detroit surrenders 3.34 gpg. The Red Wings lost six of the last seven games on the road and given their recent record at Colorado, I am going with the Avalanche to get a win on Monday. It’s going to be another comfortable victory for Colorado.
Pick: Take the Avalanche at -1.5 Puck Line (+108)
While I don’t expect the Avalanche to score seven goals again, I am backing the hosts to score 4+ against Husso, who allowed 4+ goals in seven of his last nine starts. Colorado did keep the net intact in the previous game, but that is unlikely to happen on Monday, considering Georgiev’s form and the fact that he conceded 4+ goals in four of his previous seven starts. Over is 4-1 in the last five H2H meetings, while Over is 3-0-1 in the previous four H2H duels in Colorado.
Pick: Go Over 6.5 goals (-110)