Chicago Blackhawks vs. Colorado Avalanche Prediction, Betting Odds

Andrew Rogers | Updated Oct 13, 2021

Marc-Andre Fleury, Blackhawks, 2021

The Blackhawks will welcome goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury to the lineup. There is plenty of hope that he will shore up their defensive struggles this season.

Chicago
8-13-2
AT
October 13, 2021, 10:00 PM ET
Pepsi Center
Colorado
12-7-2
Puckline +1.5 -153
Moneyline +156
Over / Under o +6

27%

Betting Action

73%

Puckline -1.5 +127
Moneyline -188
Over / Under u +6

27%

Betting Action

73%

The Chicago Blackhawks start their 2021-22 campaign with a trip to Colorado to face off against the Avalanche. Colorado is coming into this year fresh off of a 39-13-4 record while the Blackhawks finished a dismal 24-25-7. Will the Blackhawks start their year off strong or will the Avalanche knock them down right from the start?

Blackhawks vs. Avalanche Betting Odds

The over has been outstanding for the Blackhawks lately. It is 7-1 in their last eight outings when coming into the matchup as the underdogs. However, with the Avs possibly missing some firepower, maybe under isn’t the right way to go.

Moving onto Colorado, they are 4-0 straight up in their last four matchups when coming into the game with at least three full days of rest. In terms of the total, the over has connected on nine of their last 10 games as well when going up against Western Conference opponents and 6-1 in their past seven against members of the Central Division.

Chicago Blackhawks

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to realize that the Chicago team that dominated the 2010’s has faded into the darkness. Many of those players are well past their prime and management clearly recognized that. During the offseason, they went and reeled in Seth Jones and Marc-Andre Fleury to shore up their defensive struggles. They will also be getting Jonathan Toews back into the starting lineup after he missed every game from the previous season but he’s not the MVP-caliber player he once was.

Chicago will need all the defense that they can get in this matchup when going up against such a strong scoring team like the Avalanche were last season. They allowed 2.8 goals per game and 29.2 shots per contest to opponents throughout the previous year and hope to improve those numbers in the season opener. The Blackhawks will catch a break, though, as Avs star Nathan MacKinnon tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday night and will miss this game.

Colorado Avalanche

The Avalanche are early favorites to compete with the Tampa Bay Lightning at the top of the standings for this upcoming season. They had one of the deepest rosters in the NHL last season and have seemingly improved it in the offseason. They’ll need that depth because as mentioned, MacKinnon has officially been ruled out of the season opener. His absence will now leave the first line center to fall into the hands of Nazem Kadri. Even so, this team has plenty of scoring as they had nine different players score at least 10 goals in last year’s shortened regular season. The main concern here is do you want to lay all of this juice with Colorado this early in the season? We saw how that can back fire on opening night when the Lightning lost to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

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