Senators vs. Avalanche Prediction: NHL Betting Odds

Jeremy Perry | Updated Oct 25, 2018

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The Colorado Avalanche's top line of Nathan MacKinnon, Gabriel Landeskog, and Mikko Rantenen has combined for 43 points in 10 games.

Ottawa
29-47-5-1
AT
October 26, 2018, 9:00 PM ET
Pepsi Center
Colorado
38-30-12-2
Puckline +1.5 -145
Moneyline +190
Over / Under o +6

23%

Betting Action

77%

Puckline -1.5 +125
Moneyline -230
Over / Under u +6

23%

Betting Action

77%

The Colorado Avalanche are coming off a 1-0 shutout loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning on home ice. There is a very good chance their offence will rebound when they host the Ottawa Senators on Friday night. Colorado averaged four goals per game while stringing together three wins in a row before faltering in its first home regulation loss of the season to Tampa Bay. Now they get the opportunity to bounce back against an Ottawa side that ranks 24th in the NHL with an average of 3.6 goals allowed per game this season. Will the Avalanche bounce back with a big win over the Senators on home ice?

Senators vs Avalanche Betting Analysis

Ottawa has been better expected so far this season including wins over the Toronto Maple Leafs, Los Angeles Kings and Dallas Stars to get to 4-3-1 overall. The Senators will begin a three-game road trip in Colorado on Friday night after they split their first two road games of the season. Ottawa is 5-3 on the puckline through eight games. The Senators have also been involved in some of the league’s highest scoring games with a combined average of 7.2 goals per game when you factor goals for and goals allowed.

The Avalanche has done an excellent job keeping pucks out of their net with an NHL-best average of 2.0 goals allowed per game. They rank 13th overall with an average of 3.3 goals per game. Colorado is 6-2-1 straight up and 7-3 on the puck line this season. The Avalanche will try to build on their 2-1-1 record at home on Friday night.

Ottawa Senators

Ottawa’s offence has helped carry them to a strong start to the season with some surprising names leading the way. Chris Tierney, who was acquired from the San Jose Sharks in the Erik Karlsson trade, leads all forwards with nine points. Meanwhile, defenceman Thomas Chabot has registered a team-leading 10 points in eight games. The Senators have some talented scorers including Mark Stone and Matt Duchene. That said, in order to succeed they must continue to get strong contributions from players like Tierney, Mikkel Boedker and Zack Smith.

Ottawa will also need to play better in front of goaltender Craig Anderson, who is expected to start on Friday night. Anderson has posted a solid .915 save percentage through seven games but he also owns a 3.14 goals against average. That’s a sign that the Senators haven’t been good enough defensively in front of him, which is something that could be a major problem against a talented scoring team in Colorado.

Colorado Avalanche

The Avalanche are absolutely loaded up front led by the top line of Nathan MacKinnon, Mikko Rantenen and Gabriel Landeskog. That trio was completely shut out for the first time this season by Tampa Bay but it wasn’t without registering their fair share of chances. MacKinnon leads Colorado with eight goals while Rantenen has registered a team-high 16 points. With a combined 43 points between them in just 10 games, there is no doubt this top line will be looking to get back on track with a big performance versus Ottawa.

Meanwhile, the Avalanche have received some outstanding goaltending so far this year from the tandem of Semyon Varlamov and Philipp Grubauer, who have combined to allow an NHL-best 2.0 goals per game this season. Varlamov has led the way with a 1.56 goals-against average and a .953 save percentage. It will be interesting to see whether Varlamov or Grubauer starts on Friday night with the Avalanche set to visit the Minnesota Wild on Saturday night. Regardless of which goalie starts, there is a very good chance Colorado bounces back with a win over Ottawa on Friday night. Take the Avalanche in what could very well be a very high scoring game.

Senators vs. Avalanche Prediction

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