Colorado Avalanche vs. Chicago Blackhawks Prediction, NHL Odds

Daniel Coyle | Updated Jan 04, 2022

The Avalanche travel to the Windy City on the heels of Sunday’s 4-2 home win over Anaheim, but have fallen to defeat in four of their past seven road dates.

Colorado
56-19-5-2
AT
January 04, 2022, 8:30 PM ET
United Center
Chicago
28-42-10-2
Puckline -1.5 -105
Moneyline -260
Over / Under o +6

93%

Betting Action

7%

Puckline +1.5 -115
Moneyline +215
Over / Under u +6

93%

Betting Action

7%

The Chicago Blackhawks look to avoid a fifth straight loss when they host the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday night. The Blackhawks are coming off a 5-1 loss to the Calgary Flames, and have now been outscored by a wide 11-2 margin in two outings to open the New Year.

The Avalanche have made speedy gains on the NHL odds since opening as -216 favourites, vaulting to -240 chalk thanks to the support of 97% of sports bettors. Accordingly, the Blackhawks have tumbled to a lengthy +199 bet. The total has held steady since opening at 6.0. However, the OVER has attracted 81% of the action in totals betting.

Avalanche vs. Blackhawks NHL Betting Odds

Tuesday night’s matchup at United Center marks the second of four regular season meetings between these Western Conference rivals. The Blackhawks dropped a 4-2 decision in Colorado on opening night, marking their sixth defeat in eight dates with the Avs. Chicago has fared no better in head-to-head action on home ice, losing four of five while scoring just nine total goals. Despite those offensive woes, the OVER has gone 3-1-1 over the past five meetings between these clubs. The OVER is also a steady 6-2 in the Blackhawks’ past eight games. That is largely attributable to a porous Blackhawks defence that has surrendered 4.13 goals per game over that stretch.

Currently the highest scoring team in the NHL by a wide margin, the Avalanche have managed to fill the net despite producing uneven results on the road. The club has averaged five goals per game during a 3-1-1 run, and have seen the OVER go 10-3-1 on the road this season.

Colorado Avalanche

The Avalanche needed to overcome a slow start in their first contest in 17 days, spotting the Ducks an early 2-0 lead before storming back with three goals in the final period to seal the 4-2 win. The duo of Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen did most of the damage. Rantanen tallied a goal and an assist, and has now racked up five goals and nine assists during a seven-game points streak. MacKinnon contributed assists on all three third-period goals, and has now piled up eight helpers over his past four outings. The duo have also tallied a combined 15 points over their past four appearances versus Chicago.

Chicago Blackhawks

The Blackhawks have sorely missed goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, who was activated this week after spending time on the team’s COVID list. It remains unclear whether Fleury will be ready on Tuesday to make his first appearance since December 17. Even with rust, the reigning Vezina Trophy winner would be an upgrade over the overmatched starting tandem of Collin Delia and Arvid Soderblom, who combined to stop just 56 of 66 total shots over the past two games.

Now set to play their third game in four nights, the Blackhawks need their top stars to start contributing. The trio of Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, and Seth Jones have potted just five total goals since the end of November.

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