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Colorado vs. Vancouver,
01/02/2017 22:00 EDT,
Score: 2 - 3
Money Line: -145 Vancouver
8* Vancouver (10:05 ET): This is a real dog matchup on the Monday card with two of the worst teams in the league facing off in British Columbia. As for who is worse though, there is no debate. Colorado is clearly the worst team in this league at this point as they are dead last in goals scored and dead last in goals allowed. That's an ugly combination that's resulted in them being outscored by nearly 50 goals in 36 games. By the way, they rank 29th (out of 30) on the power play. The "strength" of the team appears to be the penalty killing unit, which is a "lofty" 25th! The Avs have dropped eight of nine (lone win at Chicago!) and they've allowed six goals in three of their last four defeats! So, yeah, this club is terrible.
Coming into the year, Vancouver was projected for the bottom of the league, so their lack of success is by no means a surprise. But recently they've played better w/ three consecutive wins coming into tonight. All were one goal victories against higher ranked teams in their own division (Pacific): Los Angeles, Anaheim and Edmonton. Going on the road and beating the Oilers Saturday was fairly impressive considering they were +195 on the money line. Believe it or not, but the Canucks are actually just a few games of .500 now and only three points back of the coveted eight spot in the Western Conference. That's definitely better than was expected.
This play boils down to the simple fact that the Avalanche are simply a 'must fade' at every turn right now. Other than Arizona, there isn't a single team they project to even be competitive against. I'd still like to see more shots per game from the Vancouver side, but at least they registered 32 in the shootout win over the Oilers. But they'll benefit here from the fact that Avs rank 29th in the league in save percentage, one of just three teams below .900. Missing #1 netminder Semyon Varlamov has really hurt them. The Canucks have already beaten the Avs once this year, in Denver, and did so despite a slight shot disadvantage 35-31. Canucks goalie Ryan Miller has stopped 60 of 63 shots in his L2 starts. 8* Vancouver