The Avalanche haven’t been nearly as good in the last four competitions, but we’re certainly in the dog days of the regular season for a Colorado group that’s up a million points in Central and awaits the postseason. The Avs will look to hit back against the Metro-leading Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday.
Defensive play was soft and sloppy at times in this little rehearsal for Colorado, but the existing roster is still the best in the league and deservedly still has the Avs as the all-time Stanley Cup favorite and the pace this team can play at so much offensive talent both up front and back is just unmanageable when you keep in shape.
And with that said, I like this as a place where we can see Colorado play closer to its top level in a great tuneup contest against another of the league’s true cup contenders in Carolina, which I’m about think regular readers know I respect him.
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At even strength I still think the Avalanche have a major advantage in their offense generating ability and it seems more likely that Carolinas have two conceivable advantages over the Avs who are a historically strong penalty-killing unit and that incredible play by Frederik Andersen are less sustainable than the Avs ridiculously offensively upside down.
With the game open so close to a pick ’em, I think we value supporting Colorado’s current -115 line and would place the Avs at -130. Should Andersen end up sitting back down we’ll certainly gain a lot of value since we snapped early -115, but if Andersen plays we still won’t see any better dropping the puck.
The game: Avalanche -115, (game to -130).
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