Colorado ended up ninth in the standings in the Western Conference a season ago by losing their last six games in the regular season. A disappointing close of the year to say the least!
Whether it was just bad timing for the Avalanche or they were never as good as their 39-39-4 record suggested, there is little doubt this season Colorado (11-18-1) is a very poor club.
The Avs 23 points have the fewest in the NHL by four compared to Arizona (as of 12/20/16) and their weaknesses are obvious. It starts with having the most losses in regulation play with 18. While the Coyotes (11-21 SU) and New York Islanders (11-20) have poorer SU records, they have at least been more competitive and picked up points in overtime defeats. Colorado has only had one such loss.
If you are placing NHL picks, a quick trip to the stats pages explains why you want to look to bet against the Avalanche at BetonLine or any other top sportsbooks like them. Colorado is 29th in scoring and dead last in goals allowed, making them the “leader” in worst goal differential. This inefficiency is further supported by being in the Top 6 in fewest shots on goal and in the Top 6 of most shots allowed.
With special teams such an important part of today’s game and one you have to build into studying the NHL odds, Colorado is among the bottom 10 team in power plays percentage and killing off penalties.
For the foreseeable future, backing the Avalanche will deplete your cash resources just like buying Christmas gifts have.
Doug Upstone wrote this for www.sportsbookreview.com