Colorado Favored to Dispatch of the Atlantic Division-Leading Bruins

Bruins vs Avalanche predictions has host Colorado favored to top the Bruins

Boston Looks To Make It Four Wins In A Row Against The Avalanche

Could Monday’s matchup between the Boston Bruins and Colorado Avalanche be a preview of a potential Stanley Cup Finals showdown? The NHL betting lines have the Avalanche listed as the favorite.

Boston leads the Atlantic Division by two points and the 54 points by the Bruins are tied with the New York Rangers for the most among Eastern Conference teams. Colorado is three points behind Winnipeg in the Central Division standings.

When making Bruins vs Avalanche predictions, remember that Boston has won its last three games against Colorado and has outscored the Avalanche 14-2 in those games.

Colorado is priced at -130 to win Monday’s game, with Boston coming in with +110 odds. Boston had been favored in three of the last six road games versus the Avalanche.

Winger James Van Riemsdyk, who is tied for second on the team with five power-play goals, is questionable and defenseman Derek Forbort is out for Boston.

For Colorado, forward Miles Wood is day-to-day, defenseman Bowen Byram, forwards Artturi Lehkonen, Gabriel Landeskog, and goalie Pavel Francouz are out.

Colorado has the best hockey odds of +800 of winning the Stanley Cup title, while Boston (+900) is tied for the second-best championship odds. Boston is tied with the New York Rangers for the best odds (+450) of winning the Eastern Conference title. Colorado leads the way at +400 in the Western Conference odds.

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Records: Boston Bruins 24-8-6 vs Colorado Avalanche 25-12-3
Location: Ball Arena, Denver, Colo.
Streaming: Altitude, NESN, ESPN+

Bruins Look To Continue To Thrive On the Road

Boston is 5-2-1 in its last eight road games and the Bruins have been relying on their power play for offense during that stretch.

Eight of Boston’s 25 goals in those eight games came with the man advantage, and no team in the NHL has been converting on the power play at a higher level on the road since the start of December than the Bruins. Boston has scored on 44% of its power plays during that time. That could factor into the Bruins vs Avalanche predictions.

Charlie Coyle, Morgan Geekie, David Pastrnak, and James van Riemsdyk each have scored twice on the power play during that stretch.

The total has gone over in four of Boston’s last five games.

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MacKinnon Making Himself At Home

No player in the NHL has more points in home games this season than veteran Colorado center Nathan MacKinnon.

MacKinnon has 16 goals and 28 assists in 21 home games, with three game-winning goals. That is something to consider when it comes to the Bruins vs Avalanche predictions.

He could be chasing history as the last players to appear in at least half of their team’s home games and put up at least two points per game on home ice were Pittsburgh Penguin teammates Mario Lemieux and Jaromir Jagr during the 1995-96 season.

MacKinnon has a point in every home game this season with 15 multi-point games at home. He will be a popular choice regarding the NHL picks and parlays.

With MacKinnon leading the way, four of Colorado’s last six games landed over the total.

Last Meeting

David Pastrnak and Trent Frederic had goals, Charlie Coyle finished with two assists and Linus Ullmark stopped 23 shots as the Bruins won 4-0 in Colorado on Dec. 7, 2022, to complete the 2021-22 season sweep of the Avalanche and post their first road shutout against Colorado since 2016.

It was the third time in the last nine Boston-Colorado games to finish under the total.

The home team has won seven of the last nine games in the series.

Bruins vs Avalanche Betting Preview

Boston begins a challenging four-game road trip. Coming off a win over Tampa Bay, Boston continues a five-game stretch against teams that have combined to win the last five Stanley Cup titles.

The losing team has scored one goal or less in five of the last seven meetings between the Bruins and the Avalanche.

When looking at recent NHL scores, a total of 21 goals (12 by the Bruins) have been scored in Boston’s last two games, while 30 combined goals have been scored in Colorado’s last three contests.

Boston is tied for the third-most road wins among Eastern Conference teams this season, while Colorado’s 16 home wins are the most in the NHL. That latter number is enough to roll with the home team in this clash of Stanley Cup contenders.

Colorado is 23-12-3 when listed as the favorite this season. The Avalanche is 13-8 against the spread at home.
Boston has won four of its last six road games.

The total has gone over in four of Colorado’s last five home games against Boston and in four of the previous five meetings versus Eastern Conference teams. The total is currently at six goals for this matchup.

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