Edmonton Oilers at Colorado Avalanche 1/2/2015 Free NHL Picks & Predictions
by Guy Bruhn - 1/1/2015
Friday, January 2, 2015 at 9:00 PM ET
Pepsi Center in Denver
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Two Western Conference teams that have struggled this season will meet at the Pepsi Center in Denver. The Edmonton Oilers will take on the Colorado Avalanche. Edmonton is worst team in the National Hockey League, with just 23 points. The Oilers have dropped 9 of their last 10, but are coming off a win. For Colorado, they are only ahead of Arizona and Edmonton in the West. The Avalanche are coming off a loss to the Blues on Monday.
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The loss for Colorado to St. Louis was the second during the month of December to them. The Avalanche are having trouble scoring, as Martin Brodeur shut them out in this affair. Colorado is scoring just 2.4 goals per game. The top scorer for the Avalanche has been Alex Tanguay, with 12 goals and 12 assists. The Avalanche rank 8th in the penalty kill, as they are allowing just under 15% of opportunities; to score.
For Edmonton; they are the worst defensive team in all of the league. The Oilers are allowing teams to score 3.4 goals per game. In the win on Tuesday over the Los Angeles Kings, they needed overtime to win 3-2. The goal scorers in that one were Matt Hendricks and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. On the season, Edmonton is led by Jordan Eberle's 14 assists, and Nugent-Hopkins with 11 goals.
Edmonton Oilers Betting Trends
Edmonton Oilers are 8-30-0 Against the Spread
Edmonton Oilers are 17-18-0 against the Over/Under
Colorado Avalanche Betting Trends
Colorado Avalanche are 14-23-0 Against the Spread
Colorado Avalanche are 18-17-0 against the Over/Under
Injuries to Watch
11/22/14 LW Benoit Pouliot Foot out 5-6 weeks
12/23/14 LW Patrick Bordeleau Knee expected to miss 8-10 weeks
12/05/14 C Ben Street Hand out indefinitely
12/01/14 C John Mitchell Leg out indefinitely
11/25/14 LW Jamie McGinn Back out for season
10/23/14 D Ryan Wilson Shoulder out for season
10/06/14 RW Jesse Winchester Concussion out indefinitely
Guy's Pick: Take Colorado
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