Colorado Avalanche vs. Boston Bruins Prediction: Expect Plenty of Offense

The Boston Bruins will face the Avalanche in Colorado on Wednesday night. Handicapper Jason Yamaguchi offers his betting preview and pick for the game.
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Colorado Avalanche vs. Boston Bruins Prediction: Expect Plenty of Offense

Colorado Avalanche vs. Boston Bruins Start Time, Where to Watch, and Odds

Date: Wednesday, January 26

Game Time: 10:00 pm ET

Where to Watch: TNT

Puck Line: Avalanche -1 (+105)

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Colorado Avalanche vs. Boston Bruins Prediction

The Colorado Avalanche (29-8-3) will play host to the Boston Bruins on Wednesday night. The Avs currently hold the top spot in the Western Conference by four points, a spot they may well hold for the rest of the season. Colorado has 12 wins (and one overtime loss) in their last 13 games, and will look to carry their red-hot form of play into this matchup with Boston.

The Bruins (24-13-2) are starting a three-game road trip out west. They are in solid form as well—they've won seven of their last nine. The Eastern Conference playoff picture seems all but decided at this point, as the top eight teams have distanced themselves from the field. That being said, Boston is still technically in that final spot, so they'll look to keep winning to secure the spot and potentially move up in terms of seeding.

Colorado has proven that they possess the most potent offense in the NHL. Their mark of 4.10 goals per game ranks first in the league, and they also boast the league's ninth-best power play (conversion rate of 24.8%). The over has cashed in a higher proportion of the Avalanche's games than that of any other team in the league, and for good reason.

There is a solid chance that the Bruins' power play may factor in here by chipping in a goal or two. The unit ranks sixth in the NHL with a conversion rate of 25.6%; they will be facing a Colorado penalty kill that ranks 27th by virtue of only killing off 75% of their penalties. Boston has a distinct edge here.

Both of these teams have solid yet unspectacular goaltending. After a shaky start to the year, Darcy Kuemper has rebounded and now sits just above league average in terms of goals saved above expected. Linus Ullmark has been mediocre—he has actually allowed almost two more goals than expected. Barring an unprecedented performance, neither of them should stand in the way of this over.

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Jason Yamaguchi is an avid New York sports fan. He has a proven record of providing +EV bets by combining traditional handicapping tactics with advanced statistics. You can follow him on Twitter @TopMoneyPicks to view all of his bets, including NFL, NHL, and MLB picks.

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