NHL Betting: Avalanche To Power Past Devils and Stay In PlayOff Race

New Jersey Devils at Colorado Avalanche

Neither of these teams feel their season is over just yet and good recent results suggests they may have a case even though something special is required.

Colorado have the relatively easier task with seven points to make up but have a tough run in and need to make the most of tonight.

A trio of wins for the Avs was then cut short by LA on Tuesday, Semyon Varlamov is expected back in net after deputy Calvin Pickard was yanked that night versus the Kings. After feeling Minnesota's wrath two nights ago the Devils need to get going now or the postseason will be out of reach very soon.

Jersey are spending most of their remaining time travelling and have only won one of the last five away assignments. Only Toronto and Buffalo have scored fewer road goals so it's clear to see where their problems are founded.

In contrast the Avalanche's offence is ticking over much more nicely despite Nathan MacKinnon's injury and that's mainly down to Gabriel Landeskog and Tyson Barrie.

Take Colorado to have too much firepower tonight and stay in the playoff hunt.


Los Angeles Kings at Vancouver Canucks

Los Angeles Kings v Colorado Avalanche : News Photo

Having dusted off San Jose and kicked off a homestand by beating Anaheim a third Californian victory beckons for the Canucks.

This is a crucial game as LA look to be the most likely team if someone is to deprive them of a playoff spot. An eight game winning streak last month brought the Kings back into contention and seven points from the last eight is another strong sequence.

It's no surprise that when goalie Jonathan Quick's form has mirrored that of the team and his individual record reads 11-2-1 since February 7. Anze Kopitar and Jeff Carter continue to be the go-to men up front and the latter has five goals in five.

On defence is where they do their best work and it's been a season of real growth for Jake Muzzin while Andrej Sekera was a shrewd addition at the deadline.

LA's ability to control the game at even strength often hasn't shown up on the scoreboard but did in the two previous meetings with Vancouver, the most recent in January the shot count favoured them 40-16. I'm calling this one in favour of the Kings at 2.60.

Best Bet: Colorado Avalanche to win at 2.10