The Colorado Avalanche and the Vancouver Canucks meet in NHL action from Rogers Arena on Friday night. Let’s dive into the odds, injuries, matchup history and make a prediction for this game.
The Colorado Avalanche are listed as -165 road favorites while the Canucks are +140 home underdogs with a total of 6.5 goals.
The Avs added a lot of names to the injury report midweek, with Bowen Byram, Denis Malgin, Gabriel Landeskog and Josh Manson all out until at least mid to late February, while Darren Helm and Cale Makar are both questionable for this game. Vancouver’s injury list features Tanner Pearson and Tucker Poolman are both out for the season while Thatcher Demko is out until late January with a lower body injury and Travis Dermott is questionable for this game with an undisclosed injury.
The Canucks have won the last three meetings between these two teams including a 4-2 win over the Avs back on January 5th, 2023.
Colorado is 69-23 in their last 92 games against a team with a losing record and 21-10 in their last 31 road games while the under is 3-0-1 in their last 4 games against the Pacific division. Vancouver is 1-5 in their last 6 games overall and 1-4 in their last 5 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 3-0-3 in their last 6 home games.
I’m backing the over here. I think we’re going to be marked for some goals in this game, as Colorado’s been flying in recent games and Vancouver’s going to come in motivated as well knowing that they’ve had some success against a top-tier team in Colorado in recent meetings. Give me the over here.