Devils vs Avalanche Scores and Predictions
The New Jersey Devils look to head out east and pick up a pair of points against the Colorado Avalanche in a cross-conference showdown on Tuesday night at Ball Arena in Denver. The Devils will look to hope to gain Nico Hischier back in the lineup while the Avs will continue to ride hot goaltender Alexandar Georgiev. Let’s analyze and breakdown some key factors for this opening night showdown in this betting preview of Avalanche vs Devils Scores and Predictions for Tuesday night.
Location: Ball Arena, Denver, Colorado
Records: Devils (7-3-1)/Avalanche (7-3-0)
Streaming: TNT/MAX/Live Sports Stream
Avalanche Crumbling Early?
The Colorado Avalanche started off the regular season hot, winning their first six games of the year, and now the Avs head home to take on New Jersey coming off their third loss in the last four contests.
Goaltender Alexandar Georgiev has been stellar thus far, but head coach Jared Bednar will have to give more work to backup Ivan Prosvetov, who did finally start in goal last Wednesday, a 4-1 victory over St. Louis where the 24-year old Russian native made 27 saves on 28 shots faced.
Right Winger Mikko Rantanen has been carrying the offense once again for the Avs, scoring six goals and chipping in eight assists in ten games so far.
Fellow forward Valeri Nichushkin has been hidden in plain sight to start the year, with only one goal and six points through his first ten games of action this NHL season, he will need to pick up his productivity if Colorado wants to stay afloat in a tough Central Division race at the top with the Dallas Stars getting off to a good start on the year as well.
Scoring for the Devil?
The New Jersey Devils are playing high-octane offensive hockey to start off the 2023-24 regular season campaign. With an 9-2 mark to the Over, and 43 goals in their first eleven NHL games, head coach Lindy Ruff has to be happy with their “Goals For” production, but they have also yielded 39 goals, which is fourth-worst in the league.
They will have to work on playing tighter defense and getting better goaltending from their tandem of Vitek Vanecek and Akira Schmid as the season progresses. The injury bug has hit New Jersey a bit with star forward Jack Hughes out week-to-week with an upper body injury and Nico Hischier missing some games with injuries as well. Hughes leads the team with 20 points, five goals and 15 assists in ten games played.
Devils at Avalanche Betting Odds
Sportsbooks have the hosting Colorado Avalanche NHL Betting odds to win as moderate favorites against the visiting New Jersey Devils on Tuesday night priced in the range around -145 to -160.
Both NHL teams have yet to be lined as underdogs before this contest. New Jersey’s last game as an underdog came in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against Carolina last May.
Colorado has been a favorite in all eleven games thus far with a line no cheaper than -115 in their game on Saturday, a 7-0 loss to the Vegas Golden Knights. Colorado has won nine of the last eleven meetings against New Jersey at home, and have gone 12-6 in the last 18 showdowns versus the Devils dating back to 2013.
Concluding the Devils vs Avalanche Scores and Predictions Betting Preview: The total for this contest is set at 6.5 goals shaded slightly to the Under around the pick’em range between -110 to -120. The Devils have been an Over machine, with a 9-2 record to start the year, including six of their last nine road games going Over.
Colorado has been the opposite, going Under the total in ten of their last 14 games dating back to last year. The Under has cashed in four of their last seven head-to-head meetings.
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