The Colorado Avalanche will host the Columbus Blue Jackets on Wednesday in an interconference match-up. Colorado is tied for fourth in the Central Division with a 4-4 record, but just 2-6 against the puck line. The Blue Jackets are fifth in the Metropolitan Divison with a 5-3 record and 4-4 against the Puck Line.
These teams have not met since February 8, 2020, when the Avalanche won 2-1 as a -143 road favorite.
After losing three straight games, the Avalanche have won three out of their last four games and two in a row after beating the Minnesota Wild 4-1 as a -154 home favorite on Friday. Colorado averages 2.9 goals per game, ranking 15th in the NHL and 28th on the other end, allowing 3.4 goals per contest. The Avalanche have struggled, scoring on only 12.9% of their power play opportunities this season, ranking 28th, and killing 81.8% of their opponents’ power-play chances for 16th in the NHL.
The Columbus Blue Jackets bounced back from a 4-0 loss to the New York Rangers on Friday by defeating the New Jersey Devils 4-3 in a shootout On Sunday. The Blue Jackets are allowing and scoring exactly 2.75 goals per game this season. Columbus is ninth in the NHL, scoring on 25% of its power-play chances while ranking 21st on the other end with 77.8% penalty kills.
Pick: Colorado -1.5 (+116)
The Avalanche have momentum on their side, coming off of consecutive wins against St. Louis and Minnesota, two of the best teams in the NHL. The home ice will also play a significant factor, as Colorado has only lost twice in regulation out of its last 26 home games. This season, the Blue Jackets had dropped their first two road games before Sunday’s shootout win. Columbus’ two road losses were to the New York Rangers 4-0 and 4-1 to the Detroit Red Wings.
I expect the Avalanche to get another deceive victory here, winning by more than a goal.