Although they are in different conferences, these NHL teams have history and are meeting again on Wednesday, March 1, so make sure you take a look at the best Devils vs. Avalanche betting pick and odds.
Colorado is searching for the seventh consecutive victory when they host New Jersey at Ball Arena. The Avalanche are -126 moneyline favorites on BetDSI Sportsbook, while the total is set at 6 goals. These inter-conference rivals will face for the second time this year; the Devils won 1-0 in New Jersey.
Devils dismantled the Flyers at home
The New Jersey Devils (39-15-3-2, 32-27 ATS) concluded their four-game home stand with a massive 7-0 victory over the divisional foes Philadelphia Flyers. The Devils beat the Jets, lost to the Canadiens, and then defeated the Kings in overtime before recording a blowout win against Philly. New Jersey will now spend five of the next six games away from home. Right now, the Devils are 3rd in the Eastern Conference with 83 points, ten more than Colorado.
The opening period was scoreless against the Flyers, but the Devils scored three in the second and added four more in the final frame in a 7-0 win over Philadelphia. Jonas Siegenthaler led New Jersey with three points, while Nico Hischier and Jack Hughes chipped in two points apiece. Akira Schmid registered his first shutout in his NHL career as he stopped all 23 shots from the Flyers. This season, Jack Hughes is not only the brightest star of this team, but he is also among the top 10 players in the NHL with 74 points (G 36, A 38). Dougie Hamilton has 57 points (G 17, A 40), Jesper Bratt follows with 56 (G 24, A 32), and Nico Hischier contributes 55 points (G 25, A 30).
Vitek Vanecek (25-6-3) is expected to take his place at the goal against Colorado on Wednesday. The 27-year-old is allowing 2.37 goals per game this year with a .913 SV% and two shutouts.
G Jonathan Bernier (hip) and D Brendan Smith (lower body) are out indefinitely. LW Timo Meier (upper body) and G MacKenzie Blackwood (lower body) are questionable to feature on Wednesday in Denver.
Avalanche are rock-solid right now
The Colorado Avalanche (34-19-2-3, 31-27) have the opportunity to make it seven in a row for the first time this season. The reigning Stanley Cup champions are on a six-game winning streak but will face a tough test on Wednesday against the Devils. After the latest 3-0 win over the Vegas Golden Knights, the Avalanche climbed up to 4th position in the Western Conference with just three points behind the leaders Golden Knights and two games in hand.
Mikko Rantanen scored one of the quickest goals this season in the NHL as he netted after only 14 seconds to give the Avs a 1-0 lead. He scored again in the second period, and Nathan MacKinnon set the final score late in the third frame. Alexandar Georgiyev got his third shutout of the season as he saved all 31 shots from the Golden Knights. Colorado has two players among the top 20 in the league when it comes to points. Nathan MacKinnon (G 22, A 49) and Mikko Rantanen (G 40, A 31) lead the team with 71 points each.
Alexandar Georgiev (26-12-4) is probably going to take his place between the sticks against New Jersey on Wednesday. The 27-year-old is conceding 2.57 goals per contest this season with a .922 SV% and three shutouts.
LW Darren Helm (lower body), D Erik Johnson (ankle), LW Gabriel Landeskog (lower body), D Cale Makar (concussion), and G Pavel Francouz (lower body) are out indefinitely.
- 2-6 in the last eight games playing on three or more days of rest
- 18-42 in the last 60 vs. Central Division rivals
- 8-3 in the last 11 vs. Metropolitan Division rivals
- 7-2 in the last nine games playing on one day of rest
New Jersey Devils vs. Colorado Avalanche Pick
The Devils are better in both offense and defense, but the Avs are playing in such good form, and I am backing them to get an edge in this one. It’s going to be a very tight encounter and it could go either way, but Miko Rantanen and Nathan MacKinnon have been red-hot recently and I think they will help Colorado to add another victory. The Avalanche won nine of the previous ten H2H duels at home, which is also one of the reasons I am going with Colorado here.
Pick: Take the Avalanche to win (-126)
The Devils won 1-0 earlier in the season in New Jersey, and although I don’t expect to see a one-goal game this time around, I do think we won’t see more than six goals combined. Alexandar Georgiev and Vitek Vanecek are fantastic recently; the latter conceded just two goals in his last three starts. Under is 21-7-3 in the last 31 H2H meetings; Under is 13-3-2 in the previous 18 H2H duels in Colorado, while Under is 5-0 in the Avalanche’s last five vs. Metropolitan Division rivals.
Pick: Go Under 6 goals (-110)