Make sure you check out Michael Leboff’s daily piece for a good overview of the NHL card each day. Tonight, we are actually against him, which might not be a good sign given his start.
Friday: Ducks -115
The Colorado Avalanche may have three wins in four games, but not much has changed from the team that collected just 48 points a season ago. The Pepsi Center in Denver was a ghost town as Colorado recorded just 13 wins in 41 home games. While they figure and already seem to be an improved team, oddsmakers seem to be overvaluing their solid start.
The Ducks dominated this series last season, holding the Avalanche to a mere goal in all three of the meetings. They won the first meeting 4-1 as a -163 favorite in Colorado, and later that month in Anaheim, the Ducks won 2-1 and 5-1 as -290 and -250 favorites, respectively.
While it is true the Ducks are not 100 percent healthy with Hampus Lindholm and Sami Vatanen on the shelf, they are a well-coached team that should be able to dictate play tonight. The Ducks won their last game in the return of Patrick Eaves, who now has 12 goals in 21 regular season appearances for Randy Carlyle’s club.
At just -115, there’s a bundle of value in last season’s Western Conference Finals runner-ups. Look for the Ducks to stifle Colorado and send them to their second loss of the season.
Fair Odds: Ducks -125
Nothing else for Friday on the ice