Colorado Avalanche vs New York Rangers Prediction, 12/8/2021 NHL Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Colorado Avalanche vs New York Rangers
Date: Wednesday, December 8, 2021
Location: Madison Square Garden in New York, NY
Odds/Point Spread: Avalanche (-139) Rangers (+116)
Darcy Kuemper and the Colorado Avalanche (13-7-2) go to Madison Square Garden on Wednesday where they'll meet the New York Rangers (16-4-3). The moneyline on this game has the Avalanche coming in at -139 and the Rangers are at +116. The total is set at 5.5.
The Avalanche were on the winning side of the scoreboard with a 7-5 victory against the Flyers in their last game. The offensive zone starts for them were at 62.9% and they had a PDO of 97.2 in this game. They accumulated 26 face-off wins when at even strength and were beaten on 28 opportunities to control the puck. Their Fenwick came in at 44 and the Fenwick Against sat at 34, giving them a Fenwick percentage of 56.4%. The Corsi for the Avalanche came in at 54 and the Corsi against at the end of this game was 49 meaning they had a Corsi rate of 52.4%. Colorado garnered 10 penalty minutes in this matchup. Furthermore, they had 5 power play opportunities and netted 3 goals. The Avalanche had a impressive offensive performance in the victory. For the outing, they scored on 7 out of the 50 shots they tried.
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The Avalanche have had 666 shots tried against them and hold a save percentage of .886. While at even strength, the Avalanche have allowed the opponent to score 61 goals while scoring 70 of their own. Colorado Avalanche opponents have earned 62 power play opportunities (27th in pro hockey) and have come away with 15 goals in those chances. For the season, they have tallied 28 points and their points percentage is .636. Colorado has taken 741 shots and has a shooting percentage of 12.3%. When it comes to their scoring, the Colorado Avalanche have earned 91 goals (3rd in the NHL) for the year and have given up 76. Colorado skates onto the rink with 87 power play opportunities and they have scored 21 goals out of those attempts, giving them a percentage of 24.14%.
The man in net for this game is Darcy Kuemper. Kuemper has taken the ice for 257 games throughout his professional hockey career. He has amassed an overall mark of 115-88-32 and he has started in 240 games. Opponents have been able to score 600 goals against Kuemper in his pro hockey career and his goals against average is 2.49. Kuemper has seen 7,141 shots against him and he has 6,541 total saves. His save percentage currently is at .916 during his 14,445 mins between the pipes. Over the course of his career, Kuemper has recorded 134 quality starts and his quality starts rate sits at .558.
Their last time out, New York faced the Blackhawks in a game where the Rangers notched a victory by a mark of 3-2. They had a PDO of 101 and they'll go home having earned an oZS percentage of 42.9%. They had 4 power play chances in this one and earned 1 goal out of those chances. Their Fenwick percentage was 44.6% by compiling a Fenwick of 25 and the Blackhawks having accrued a 31 Fenwick at even strength. The Rangers earned 3 goals out of the 31 shots on goal they took. New York earned a 42.0% Corsi rate. These Corsi statistics are telling of the type of game that New York played and you might say they have had worse games.
The Rangers have earned 52 goals at even strength and 15 goals (12th in hockey) while on the power play. New York has tried 652 shots (29th in pro hockey) and has a shot percentage of 10.28%, while allowing their opponents 734 shots. On the season, the New York Rangers have a total of 67 goals, 35 points, as well as a points percentage of .761. They have recorded 68 opportunities on the power play and they have earned a power play percentage of 22.06%. They have a penalty kill percentage of 82.35% on their opponents 68 chances on the power play, and their save percentage currently comes in at 92.2%. They have allowed 57 goals to be scored by way of 45 goals at even strength and 12 goals while they had less men on the ice.
Across the ice you are going to see Alexandar Georgiev protecting the net. Georgiev is the owner of a lifetime mark of 46-39-10 and has played in 104 games. Georgiev's quality start percentage is 50.5% and he has accumulated 48 quality starts in his pro hockey career. He has a tally of 2,813 saves out of the 3,093 shots taken against him, giving him a save percentage of .909. Teams are averaging 2.99 goals per game and he has allowed 280 goals altogether. He has started in 95 games and has played for a total of 5,624 mins.
Who will win tonight's hockey game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Colorado (-139)
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