Ducks Easy NHL Hockey Betting Pick over Avalanche
The Anaheim Ducks may be a relatively young franchise, especially in the league with the oldest professional sports clubs in all of North America, but in their short lives they have enjoyed a considerable amount of success. The Ducks have only been around for 24 years, but during that time Anaheim has only been absent from the NHL hockey betting playoffs 8 times. Additionally, the Ducks won the Stanley Cup back in 2007. Last season, the Ducks were stopped short of winning the Cup in the first round of the playoffs by the Nashville Predators, losing the hard-fought series 3-4. This season the Ducks didn’t have the best hockey betting odds of winning the Stanley Cup. However, that hasn’t stopped Anaheim from putting themselves in an excellent position to prove the sportsbooks wrong.
In fact, a quick look at the NHL hockey betting standings will reveal that the Ducks are in a pretty good position to make the playoffs for the 5th-straight season. After 43 games played the Ducks are tied atop Pacific Division with San Jose Sharks all thanks to their 22 wins, 13 losses, and 8 overtime losses which has netted Anaheim 52 points. The Ducks will be looking to continue their journey to the playoffs Thursday night when they travel to the Centennial State to face off against the Avalanche.
The Colorado Avalanche have missed out on the postseason for the last two seasons and with their current ranking it would appear that they are going to make that three straight seasons. The Avalanche currently rank dead last in the Central Division. After 39 games played Colorado has a record of 13-25-1 which has netted them 27 points – the fewest points of any NHL club. Since there’s such a considerable difference between how these two teams have been faring this season, what will the hockey betting odds have to say about this contest?
HOCKEY BETTING ODDS – REGULAR SEASON – January, 12th
Colorado Avalanche 5 (+120) +140
Anaheim Ducks 5 (-140) -160
As is to be expected when the worst team in the NHL faces a club tied for the lead in a division, the bookies think your bet on NHL games should go towards the divisional leader. The Ducks have been playing exceptionally well as of late and have put up a 4-1 record for the month of January. Anaheim will be coming off their recent 2-0 win over the Dallas Stars this past Tuesday night. That shutout can be attributed to a stellar effort from their defense and another standout performance from goalie John Gibson who swatted away a 34-shot performance from the Stars with little effort, garnering his third shutout of the NHL hockey betting season.
Colorado may be enjoying home field advantage for this contest but the Pepsi Center might not provide much of an advantage for the Avalanche considering that they’ve lost the last 10 of 11 contests at home. Colorado recently snapped their 5-game losing streak with a 2-1 home win in overtime against the New York Islanders.