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Avalanche open as moneyline underdog vs Blackhawks

Chicago BlackhawksColorado Avalanche
Oct 20, 9:00 PM | Pepsi Center

Chicago Blackhawks vs Colorado Avalanche Odds

3-1-1TEAM RECORD5-1-0

NHL wagering interest swings to the Colorado vs Chicago battle on Thursday at Pepsi Center as the Avalanche try to defend home turf and reward moneyline bettors.

Supporters of the Blackhawks have seen them go 3-1-1 so far this season, while the Avalanche are at 5-1. In totals betting, the Avalanche are 2-4, while the Blackhawks are 3-2.

View Chicago vs Colorado Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
If you're backing the visitors in this one, you'll find the Blackhawks listed as favorites of 115 at most sportsbooks. Total bettors saw the number open in the area of 5.5, depending on the book.

Power Rankings:
The Avalanche sit at No. 16 in the current NHL power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Blackhawks sit at a No. 12 on the same chart.

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How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Colorado's No. 6-ranked offense (3.3 goals per game) against a Blackhawks defense that ranks No. 14 at 2.4 goals per game allowed. The Avalanche powerplay has clicked at a 31.8% rate while the Blackhawks have a 93.3% rate on the penalty kill.

Last time out for Chicago, they were a 5-2 winner as they battled the Coyotes on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Blackhawks at -130 were rewarded, while the 7 combined goals moved the game OVER for totals bettors.

In their last action, Colorado was a 3-2 winner on the road against the Maple Leafs. Bettors on Colorado at +120 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (5) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well.

Chicago Blackhawks Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 6-4
Before playing Edmonton are 6-4
After playing Phoenix are 6-4
After a win are 4-6

Colorado Avalanche Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 4-6
Before playing Buffalo are 7-3
After playing Toronto are 3-3-4
After a win are 5-5

A few Blackhawks at Avalanche trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Chicago's last 7 games when playing on the road against Colorado
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Chicago's last 5 games when playing Colorado
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Chicago's last 13 games on the road
Chicago is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games
Colorado is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Colorado's last 7 games when playing at home against Chicago
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Colorado's last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Colorado's last 5 games when playing Chicago

Next up:
Chicago home to Colorado, Saturday, October 22