Blackhawks vs. Avalanche Betting Preview and Picks

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Mikko Rantanen #96 of the Colorado Avalanche celebrates after scoring a goal against the Edmonton Oilers. Derek Leung/Getty Images/AFP .

Despite having Nathan MacKinnon questionable along with a few other players, the Colorado Avalanche are still as low as -435 to win on home Ice on opening night post their Stanley Cup victory.

On top of this, the Chicago Blackhawks finished last season as the 5th worst team in the NHL. Can Chicago cause an upset in mile-high city on Wednesday night or will Colorado start just where they left off last season?

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Chicago Blackhawks vs. Colorado Avalanche

Wednesday, October 12, 2022 – 09:30 PM EDT at Ball Arena

Chicago Blackhawks vs. Colorado Avalanche Preview

This is not a good Chicago team, Yes, they still have Jonathan Toews, but he is a shell of his former self, like we said Chicago were bad last season and they will be just as bad this season.

Letting DeBrincat go was a big mistake and theirs a very good reason the top-rated sportsbooks have set the Blackhawks as high as +325 to win on the moneyline in this opening-day road game.

Colorado Avalanche

Colorado are at home and will be raising the banner on opening night, often teams get a little distracted and are underwhelming on opening night but we really don’t expect Colorado to do so in this situation.

They have been very dominant at home in the past when facing the Blackhawks, winning 7 of their previous 10 at Ball Arena and outscored Chicago 34 goals to 23 during those ten games.

Chicago Blackhawks

Chicago’s road form dating back to last season has been very poor and they have now only won 8 of their previous 25 games on the road.

At the time of writing the missing players for Chicago Blackhawks are defender Jake McCabe and forward Boris Katchouk, along with Caleb Jones. Colorado are without Gabriel Landeskog.

Stats and Trends

Chicago Blackhawks

  • Chicago have gone under in 4 of their previous 5 games.
  • Chicago have won just 1 of their previous 7 games on the road to Denver.
  • Chicago are 4-13 in their previous 17 games.

Colorado Avalanche

  • Colorado are 4-1 on their [previous 5 home games.
  • The total has gone over in 6 of their previous 7 games when playing during the mid-week.

*Trends should never be your main source of information when it comes to making your NHL betting picks, they are merely guidelines and mostly irrelevant information but nonetheless can be interesting to read and might steer you in the right direction.

Blackhawks vs. Avalanche Picks and Predictions

Colorado come into this game as Stanley Cup champions, raising the Banner in Denver for the first time since 2002, a 20-year wait for Stanley Cup glory in Colorado.

They will be keen to get their season underway with a home win in front of their home fans in what is set to be a big celebration.

Chicago's Plan

Chicago will of course be looking to upset that party and despite allowing 3.52 goals per game and starting goaltender set to be Petr Mrazek, who had a career-worst 3.34 goals against last season, we believe there to be some small value in taking Colorado Avalanche team total under 4.5 goals at -136.

Yes, it’s a lot of juice, but it’s also a very high line for an opening night team total, it's being brought up by public money. We are predicting a 4-2 Colorado Scoreline.

We are also going to take a small bet on Colorado to win by exactly 2 goals at some really nice plus money with Everygame (visit our Everygame Review) at NHL odds of +550.

Predicted Score: Chicago 2 - 4 Colorado Avalanche

NHL Pick: Colorado Avalanche Team Total Under 4.5 Goals (-134) at BetOnline (visit our BetOnline Review)

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Player Prop

Mikko Rantanen

Finish player Mikko Rantanen has been loyal to the Colorado Avalanche since joining the team in 2015.

Since then, he has grown into one of their most important attacking players and last season tallied up a total of 92 points in the regular season and 25 points (20 assists) in 20 games on route to becoming a Stanley Cup champion.

He was Colorado’s top regular season goalscorer, joint most assists with Nathan MacKinnon, and had the most points on the team. He even ended the postseason as the second-highest scorer on the team (ahead of MacKinnon again).

We are more than happy to lay some juice on Rantanen over 0.5 points at -140 on the opening night on home ice.

NHL Pick: Nick Bonino Over 1.5 Shots (-130) at BetOnline

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