Colorado Avalanche vs. Vancouver Canucks Prediction, NHL Odds

Jordan Ramsay | Updated Nov 17, 2021

The Canucks are in a free fall. Vancouver has been outscored 19-6 over their last three games, including a 7-1 blowout loss in Colorado last Thursday.

Colorado
56-19-5-2
AT
November 17, 2021, 9:00 PM ET
Rogers Arena
Vancouver
40-30-7-5
Puckline -1.5 +140
Moneyline -162
Over / Under o +6

71%

Betting Action

29%

Puckline +1.5 -168
Moneyline +135
Over / Under u +6

71%

Betting Action

29%

The Canucks and Avalanche will meet for the second time in a week when they face off in Vancouver Wednesday night.  Colorado crushed Vancouver 7-1 on the backs of six different goal scorers in their only other meeting of the year.  The Canucks have lost four straight games and come into this one following a 5-1 loss in Anaheim on Sunday.  After a slow start to the year, the Avs now have four wins in their last six games, including a 6-2 win against San Jose on Saturday.

Colorado is a -159 favourite to win on the NHL odds, with a total of 6.0.

Avalanche vs. Canucks NHL Betting Odds

Aside from last week’s blowout, this head-to-head series has actually been fairly close, with the teams splitting the last 10 meetings.  The Over hit in six of those 10 games, including the last three.  There’s not much faith in Vancouver for this one, as about 75 per cent of Sports interaction bettors are taking the Avs.  Almost 70 per cent of action is taking the Over.

After a slow start to the season, Colorado has won two of their last three road games.  Covering has been another story, however, as the Avalanche are 0-5 against the spread on the road this year and 4-8 ATS overall.  The total has gone Over in five of their last six games overall and six of their last seven on the road.

The tough end to last season has carried over into this year as the Canucks have dropped five of their last six games.  They’re 8-8 ATS for the season, covering in four of seven home games.  The total has gone Over in four of Vancouver’s last five games overall, but it’s worth noting that the Under has hit in six of seven home games.

Colorado Avalanche

The Colorado Avalanche offence has finally come alive as they’ve scored 13 goals over their last two games.  Samuel Girard and Nazem Kadri had huge games against San Jose.  Girard finished with a goal and three assists, while Kadri added a goal and two assists.  Rookie Alex Newhook scored his first career NHL goal, while Andre Burakovsky, Logan O’Connor and Devon Toews also found the back of the net.  The Avs have had 10 different goal scorers in their last two games.  Kadri leads the team with 14 points (4G, 10A) in 12 games.  Secondary scoring is going to be essential for Colorado as Nathan MacKinnon (1G, 9A in eight games) is expected to miss at least three weeks with a lower-body injury.

Darcy Kuemper stopped 28 of 29 shots faced against the Sharks and is expected to get the start on Wednesday.  He had 21 saves against Vancouver last week.  In his first season with the Avalanche, Kuemper is 6-4-0 with a 2.61 goals-against average and .914 save percentage.

Vancouver Canucks

Not much has gone right in Vancouver this year, including their recent three-game road trip that ended with no points in the standings.  Nils Hoglander was the only goal scorer in the loss against Anaheim.  Leading scorer J.T. Miller (7G, 11A) assisted on the goal.  Jaroslav Halak stopped 33 of 37 shots in the loss, but Thatcher Demko should get the start against Colorado.  Demko is 5-6-1 this year, posting a 3.33 GAA and .898 SV.  It’s been a disappointing start for a goalie who was expected to challenge Connor Hellebuyck for the starter’s role with Team USA in the upcoming Beijing Olympics.

It’s tough to find positives for the Canucks right now, as they rank near the bottom of the NHL in most statistical categories.  Vancouver is 26th in goals per game (2.50), 27th in goals against (3.38), 24th in power play percentage (15.3 per cent) and dead last in penalty kill percentage (62.3 per cent).

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