NHL Betting: Vancouver will enjoy Avalanche win

Montreal and Ottawa both won last night to continue their strong starts and put themselves in early contention amongst the Eastern conference.

The Canadians owe a lot to their defence, but Andrei Markov and Raphael Diaz also contibute hugely with their scoring. Form would suggest a single goal winning margin, with fewer than 5.5 total goals at 1.78.

Odds on a tie after 60 minutes are 3.85, though taking the Sens to edge it in overtime or a shootout is the more prudent option at 1.66. 

At some point in the future the Edmonton Oilers are going to be amongst the league's elite, but their plethora of developing talent look intent on making that a reality sooner rather than later.

They visit the slow-starting Phoenix Coyotes who will be trying to prove that beating Nashville comfortably on Monday wasn't a false dawn. Phoenix swept all games between them last season, but this is a good opportunity for a young Oilers team to show how much has changed in that time. Take them to win at 2.65.

There's plenty of history between Vancouver and Colorado, but the Canucks definitely have the edge in recent times. They've won the last seven meetings with the Avalanche.

This season, Colorado have been brutally poor. They are tied for fewest powerplay goals scored and most goals conceded.

Young captain Gabriel Landeskog is also a doubt, to compound the Avalanche problems. Vancouver are still yet to find their best, but have more than enough talent to exploit their opponents current issues. Take the Canucks to win at 1.90.

 Best Bet: Back the Vancouver Canucks to beat Colorado at 1.90

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