New Jersey Devils vs. Colorado Avalanche - 12/13/19 NBA Picks, Odds, and Prediction
Game: New Jersey Devils vs Colorado Avalanche
Date: Friday, December 13, 2019
Location: Pepsi Center in Denver, CO
Odds/Point Spread: Devils (+197) Avalanche (-220)
MacKenzie Blackwood and the New Jersey Devils (9-16-5, 8th in the Metropolitan Division) are headed to Pepsi Center on Friday where they'll meet the Colorado Avalanche (20-8-3, 1st in the Central Division). The odds on this contest have the Devils priced at +197 and the Avalanche are at -220. The O/U has been set at 6. The Devils are covering 27.6% of the time, having gone 8-21 SU. Colorado covers 64.5% of the time, going 20-11 straight up.
The New Jersey Devils head into this game holding a record of 9 wins and 16 defeats, ranking them 8th in the Metropolitan Division. During the year thus far, they have racked up a total of 73 goals which ranks them 15th in the East and 30th in the league. Their goal differential is -34, ranking them 30th in the league. The Devils have a total of 23 points, which ranks them 30th in the league and 15th in the conference. In connection with shots at the opposition, they have a total of 924 which ranks them 13th in the Eastern Conference and 26th in the league. As a group, New Jersey has a total of 435 hits which has them averaging 14.5 per contest. They have a total of 296 blocks for this year. The man protecting the goal for New Jersey is MacKenzie Blackwood from Vancouver, British Columbia. He is 23 years old and has played 1,260 mins minding the goal for the season. Blackwood is allowing an average of 3.00 goals per game which ranks him 17th in the East and 36th in the NHL among goaltenders. For the year, he has surrendered 63 goals. He's earned a save % of .902 which ranks him 18th in the East.
The New Jersey Devils were on the losing side of the ice with a 2 - 0 loss against the Dallas Stars in their last contest. The Devils offense left a lot to be desired in the defeat. In their game, they netted 0 out of the 26 shots they looked to score on. They also had 3 power play opportunities but weren't able to score. New Jersey ended up with 10 penalty mins in this game. The Corsi for the Devils sat at 24 and the Corsi against was 48 telling us they have a Corsi percentage of 33.3%. Their Fenwick was 19 while the Fenwick against sat at 29, meaning they had a rate of 39.6%. They earned 11 face-off wins and lost 30 attempts to control the puck. The offensive zone starts for them came in at 40.6% and they had a PDO at even strength of 92.0 in this one. In discussing stats from the opponent, the Dallas Stars put up 35 shots. They finished with 6 minutes in the box and they had 5 power play opportunities.
The Avalanche are the team on the other side of the ice and for the season they sit with 20 victories and 8 losses. When talking about goal differential, they are ranked 1st in the Western Conference and 2nd in the NHL with +29. They have earned a total of 114 goals for this year which is 1st in the Western Conference. Colorado has a save % as a team of .916 which has them sitting 6th in the NHL, which means scoring opportunities may be scarce. They have a team shooting percentage of 11.6% which is good for 1st in the West. In net for Colorado is Pavel Francouz who is having a marginal season by surrendering 2.37 goals per game and that has him ranked 5th among Western Conference goaltenders and 10th in the NHL. In the 684 minutes he has played this season, he's surrendered 27 goals. He's earned a save % of .927, which has him placed 5th among Western Conference goaltenders and 8th in the NHL.
The Colorado Avalanche faced the Philadelphia Flyers in an outing where the Avalanche got the win by a final of 3 - 1. In this game, Colorado wound up with a 48.7% Corsi rating. They got to that percentage by earning a Corsi of 38 and the team opposite of them having a Corsi of 40. Their Fenwick percentage was 50.8% with a Fenwick of 30 and the Flyers having earned a 29 Fenwick at even strength. This Corsi rating tells us the kind of game Colorado had and you could say that they played like a middle of the road team. They had a PDO at even strength of 109.3 and they had an oZS percentage of 39.8%. The Avalanche scored 3 goals of the 27 shots on goal they were seeking. They had 2 power play chances in this one but weren't able to put one in the back of the net. Concerning the opposition, the Flyers had 2 power play chances but didn't tally a goal. Colorado gave up 33 shots on goal and the Flyers ended up with a total of 4 penalty minutes.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take New Jersey (+197)
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