The preseason Stanley Cup favorites kick off their NHL campaign with a home tie against the Chicago Blackhawks. The difference is teams are compatible with their NHL odds of winning their Stanley Cup, with the Blackhawks best priced at +4100 compared to the Avalanches +400.
Chicago Blackhawks vs. Colorado Avalanche
Wednesday, October 13, 2021 – 10:00 PM EDT at Ball Arena
Blackhawks in for Another Mediocre Season
Chicago has finished 6th and 7th in their division twice each within the past four years, prior to that they had just won the division the season beforehand. The Blackhawks will try their best to make it into the postseason this year, and maybe the addition of All-Star goaltender Marc Andrea Fleury might be a good signing, he isn’t necessarily the last piece in the cog, they still have a young enough team and they will cause some upsets this year but maybe a 4th place finish in the division were they are headed, and even a first-round knockout in the playoffs would be considered a successful season.
Are they worth betting at +175 away to the Avalanche?
Colorado Avalanche Strong on Home Ice
Colorado has an impressive 13-1 home record in their past 14 games and one would think they should prove just a little too strong for the Blackhawks here. With that being said the start of every season a lot of stronger teams tend to start off a little rusty.
The obvious ambition for this team this season is to lift the Stanley Cup, nothing but an appearance in the finals would be accepted this season. They are just coming into their prime as a team now and they could have a few years of good success, but they need to step up and show they have the ability to be able to do so.
They boast one of the top 3 players in the league in the form of Nathan McKinnon. With that being said they did lose Joonas Donskoi and Branon Saad, they will have to hope their replacements can repeat play at the same level. McKinnon is also out for the season opener.
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- The total has gone over in 7 of Chicago's last 8 games.
- The total has gone under in 4 of Chicago's last 6 games when playing on the road against Colorado.
- Colorado is 13-1 in their last 14 games at home.
- The total has gone over in 9 of Colorado's last 10 games against an opponent in the Western Conference.
What Are the Betting Odds and Current Lines?
Moneyline: The value on the Blackhawks has long gone as they opened up at +240, they are now just +175 to cash on the money line. The opposite has therefore happened to the Avalanche and they are now better priced at -200 compared to their opening -300.
Puck Line: The puck line odds did originally open up wrong in our opinion as the Avalanche were priced at -125, which is way too low, it has since gone up to +115 with most sportsbooks.
Blackhawks vs. Colorado Avalanche Betting Prediction
We think the absence of Nathan McKinnon will have a big effect on the home side here and they might struggle to get the offense going without him. The Avalanche have some roaster depth issues heading into this one, on top of this we really like the Blackhawks offense this season and they could put up a few goals here against Avalanche’s goaltender Darcy Kuemper. The new Avalanche signing went 10-14 last season with a 2.56 GAA for the Arizona Coyotes.
We are getting some strong value on the Blackhawks on the puck line at -125, given the fact they might also hold the edge in the goaltenders with Fleury expected to start for the Blackhawks in this one. Take the away side to cover the puck line here, and honestly, we wouldn’t be surprised if they cashed the money line here either.
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