Colorado Avalanche at Anaheim Ducks Free NHL Picks & Odds
by Guy Bruhn - 4/12/2014
Sunday, April 13, 8:00 PM on Alti, PT
Honda Center, Anaheim, California
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Depending on how the weekend plays out, Sunday nights game between Colorado and Anaheim could end up being for the top seed in the Western Conference. Heading into Friday night the Ducks (112 points) hold a 1-point lead on the surging Avalanche (111). Colorado plays in San Jose Friday night while the Ducks have back-to-back games against the Kings on Saturday night before returning home to await the Avs. The Blues are still players too though as their 111 points could climb with weekend games against Dallas and Detroit.
Colorado has gotten to this point after winning 8 of 10 games from March 21st to April 10th. They've played 5 extra period games over that time and Sunday's game will be their 3rd in 4 nights so fatigue could be a factor for both teams. Although Colorado would love to move up to get home ice throughout the Western Conference playoffs, their current matchup against Minnesota is favorable as they hold a 4-0-1 record against the Wild.
Anaheim is in the driver's seat for the top seed and would play Dallas in round 1, although the Stars have the season advantage 2-1. The Ducks have had similar success lately winning 7 of 10 games from March 23rd to April 9th.
Sunday's matchup marks the third of the year between Colorado and Anaheim with both teams getting a win on their home ice. The Avalanche won 6-1 in the season opener while the Ducks won a high-scoring affair 6-4 on March 14th.
Colorado is 26-13 straight up on the road this season
Colorado is 19-19-1 against the over/under on the road this season
Anaheim is 28-12 straight up at home this season
Anaheim is 21-18-1 against the over/under at home this season
Injuries to Watch
04/11/14 RW PA Parenteau Knee probable
04/10/14 LW Cody McLeod Ankle questionable
03/31/14 C Matt Duchene Knee expected to miss 3-4 weeks
02/25/14 RW Milan Hejduk Personal has retired
02/20/14 LW Alex Tanguay Hip out for season
10/30/13 RW Nick Sorensen Concussion out indefinitely
10/01/13 D Sheldon Souray Wrist out for season
04/09/14 GO Frederik Andersen Concussion questionable
04/01/14 D Mark Fistric Lower Body out indefinitely
Guy's Pick: Take Anaheim
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