Ottawa vs Colorado: prediction for the NHL fixture
Ottawa are in last place in the East with only 11 points in the asset, but in the last fixture they finally broke their string of 6 defeats and got a hard-fought victory over the Carolina Hurricanes (3:2).
For the first time in 7 games, the Senators conceded fewer than 3 goals. Ottawa's goalie Anton Forsberg made 47 saves and became the best player of the match. However, the Swedish goaltender can't do all the work alone, and the Senators need to fix their problems on the defensive.
Colorado are currently 8th in the West with 25 points. The Avalanche have been alternating between victories and defeats of late. In the last games, they lost to Dallas (1:3), then crushed Nashville (6:2), and were devastated by Toronto (3:8) before beating Montreal (4:1).
The Avalanche usually don't have any problems against the weaker teams, but they struggle to fight the leaders of the league. Jared Bednar's strategy is open attacking hockey, and Colorado average over 3 goals per game.
Colorado average over 3 goals per game.
In 3 of the last 5 head-to-head games, over 2 goals were scored in the first period.
Ottawa might have defeated Carolina in the last game, but this was more luck than skill: the Senators performed much worse than their opponent. Colorado are in decent form and should get a confident win here.
Our prediction - Asian handicap (-1.5) to Colorado
Prediction: Handicap (-1.5) to Colorado
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Both Colorado and Ottawa play open hockey on collision courses. The Avalanche are one of the highest scoring teams in the NHL, and the Senators, on the contrary, one of the most conceding. We predict a large number of goals in this fixture.
Second bet - total over 5.5 goals