Colorado +100 at Vancouver O/U 6
The Vancouver Canucks trounced a red hot Boston Bruins team by a score of 6-1 in their most recent game on Saturday night but the final score was misleading. Vancouver got out to an early lead but Boston fired away 45 shots on goal compared to just 23 shots for Vancouver but the Canucks were able to bury the majority of their quality scoring chances in the victory. They will be up against a Colorado Avalanche team that looked quite a bit disjointed in their 4-2 loss at home to the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday. That game featured a return to the lineup for the Avs leading scorer Nathan MacKinnon from a shoulder injury but it didn’t result in a win nor did it result in a sharp performance from the Avalanche. Colorado head coach Jared Bednar called out his team to play with more urgency after the loss to Edmonton as the Avalanche try to make a push for the playoffs: “We've got to dial our game up just like everybody else is this time of year, and we haven't done that yet recently. We should be getting more and more urgency out of our group now because we are starting to fall in the standings. If we want to stay in it, we are going to have to dial it up.” I look for Colorado to increase their level of intensity and urgency in this game tonight and would expect to be much better in all three zones tonight and MacKinnon getting a game under his belt should make him feel a lot more comfortable on the ice in this game. Colorado also recently got Semyon Varlamov back in the crease after he had been out due to injury and he’s played extremely well of late for the Avalanche turning aside 80 of the 83 shots he has faced in two starts since returning. Vancouver even after defeating Boston is still just 2-6 in their last 8 games and they are only 2-5 in their last 7 games following a victory. Colorado is still the better team here and in a ‘step up’ spot for the road team, I’ll back the Avalanche here at a near even money price.