Colorado Avalanche vs. Ottawa Senators Prediction, NHL Odds

Jeremy Perry | Updated Feb 05, 2020

Avalanche, 2020

The Avalanche have won four of five games entering Thursday's contest with the Senators. In those four wins the offence has exploded with 21 goals.

Colorado
42-20-7-1
AT
February 06, 2020, 7:30 PM ET
Canadian Tire Centre
Ottawa
25-34-7-5
Puckline -1.5 +110
Moneyline -225
Over / Under o +6.5

89%

Betting Action

11%

Puckline +1.5 -132
Moneyline +187
Over / Under u +6.5

89%

Betting Action

11%

One of the best teams in the league meets one of the worst when the Colorado Avalanche visit the Ottawa Senators on Thursday night. The Sens have been an absolute dumpster first over the last month as they have just two wins to show for their last 15 games. Colorado has won four of five and is among the Stanley Cup favorites, so will this game go as planned or will we see a big surprise?

Avalanche vs. Senators Betting Analysis

Colorado is 15-9-2 on the road this season, including a 17-9 puck line record as the visiting team. The Avalanche are 5-0 in their last five games against Atlantic division opponents. Colorado is also 37-18 in its last 55 games when played on one day of rest and 7-3 in their last 10 Thursday night games.

Despite its struggles, Ottawa is still a decent 12-9-6 on home ice this season. Remember, that’s just 12-15 to bettors, so it’s an OK mark as they’ve been dogs numerous times but not great overall. Ottawa is 7-16 in its last 23 games versus Western Conference opponents and is just 6-17 when facing a team with a winning record this season.

Colorado Avalanche

The Avs have snapped out of a funk that saw them lose 10 times in 14 games as they’ve since won four of their last five. The most intriguing aspect of Colorado’s recent dominance is the performance of their depth forwards. Andre Burakovsky has six points in his last two games and Valeri Nichushkin has four points in his last two outings. Even with Nathan Mackinnon, Mikko Rantenen and Gabriel Landeskog leading the way up front, players like Burakovsky, Nichushkin and even defenseman Nikita Zadorov have contributed at a high level offensively.

With the offense averaging over five goals per game over their last four wins, the Avalanche haven’t needed their goaltenders to be more than just good. Philipp Grubauer owns a 2.69 goals-against average and a .900 save percentage over the last month of action. As long as he continues to perform at an average to above average level, Colorado will keep on winning games.

Ottawa Senators

For the most part, Ottawa has done a pretty decent job avoiding the basement of the NHL standings in the midst of a serious rebuild. That is until the bottom fell out in January. They are just 2-6-7 record in their last 15 games overall and the loss of netminder Anders Nilsson has been a big part of the problem. Ottawa has allowed three goals or more in five of its last six losses. The Senators also aren’t scoring many goals, coming off back-to-back losses in which they scored a total of just three goals.

The schedule won’t get any easier for Ottawa with two games against the Avalanche and a date with the Winnipeg Jets over its next three games. The Sens have been pesky at home but this figures to be too tall of an order for them.

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