Photo: flickr Writer: Jimmy Gold
On Friday in hockey action, it's a Western Central division showdown between the Colorado Avalanche and the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center. In their latest game, the Colorado Avalanche lost 0-6 to the Toronto Maple Leafs. Back-to-back games are never easy and this one might be especially difficult for the Colorado Avalanche.
Corey Crawford is expected to get the call here. Over 20 appearances, he has delivered a 2.27 GAA and 0.927 SV% this season. He allowed 3 goals on 33 shots during his latest appearance. Crawford has been great over his last 5 games, posting a 0.917 save percentage.
We have Calvin Pickard penciled in as the confirmed starter for the Colorado Avalanche. Over 13 appearances, he has delivered a 2.9 GAA and 0.903 SV% this season. He was great in his most recent game, posting a 0.923 save percentage. Calvin Pickard has been mediocre when playing the Chicago Blackhawks in his last 4 games, posting a 0.907 save percentage.
The Chicago Blackhawks are 13-3-3 when playing at home this season. The Colorado Avalanche have been second-rate when playing on the road with a 7-9-0 record. The Chicago Blackhawks have gone 7-4 when playing Western-Central opponents this season. The Colorado Avalanche have gone 4-10 when playing Western-Central opponents this season. The Chicago Blackhawks have been brilliant when taking on poor teams, with a 16-3 record this season. The Chicago Blackhawks are 4-8 when playing a team with a winning record.
All of the value in this line is on the road club. Take the Colorado Avalanche to prevail in this game. Our system has projected a 48% winning percentage here.
Game Time: 8:35 PM ET
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