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Avalanche Desperate for Win to Keep Pace

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The Colorado Avalanche will surely be scoreboard watching Friday night as they sit five points back of the Minnesota Wild for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. The Avs host the NHL-leading Washington Capitals while the Wild visit the Detroit Red Wings Friday evening.

Shark Bites
  • The total has gone UNDER in seven of the Avs’ last 10 games.
  • The Avalanche are 4-1 SU in their last five after a loss.
  • The Capitals are 6-2 SU in their last eight games as road favorites.

The Avs have struggled of late and are losers of three of their last four including a 3-1 loss to the St. Louis Blues in their last effort Tuesday. Each of their five remaining games come against playoff-bound teams so it’s going to take an Herculean effort as well as incredible luck for them to get there. They do have one game in hand but they have one task down the stretch, and that is to just win out.

The Caps punched their ticket to the playoffs some time ago and are 18 points up on their nearest competitor in the Eastern Conference. The Capitals have gotten the better of the Avalanche in recent meetings, posting a 3-0 SU mark in the last three. In the other meeting this season, Washington tallied seven goals in a 7-3 win on home ice back on November 21.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

If you're backing the visiting Washington Capitals in this one, they Capitals listed earlier today as favorites of -143 at most sportsbooks, including Bovada. Those over/under total betting saw the number open in the area of 5, depending on the book.

Odds Shark score prediction models pick a 3.3-2 result in favor of the Capitals today. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.

Washington Capitals vs Colorado Avalanche Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Colorado Avalanche bring a 39-34-4 record to the battle against the 54-16-6 Capitals. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Colorado go 35-38-4 so far and the Capitals go 29-30-17. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Colorado vs Washington injuries news.

According to new NHL Power Rankings here at Odds Shark, it's the No. 25-ranked Colorado Avalanche and the No. 8-rated Washington Capitals in this matchup.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Colorado's No. 19-ranked offense, averaging 2.66 goals per game, against a Capitals defense that ranks No. 1 at 2.33 goals allowed. The Avalanche power play is averaging 18.85% while the Capitals defense kills off 84.39% of their penalties.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

In their last action, Washington was a 2-1 loser on the road against the Flyers. Bettors on Philadelphia at -109 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (3) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well.

In their last action, Colorado was a 3-1 loser on the road against the Blues. Bettors on St. Louis at -237 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (4) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well.

Betting Trends
  • Washington is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games on the road
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Washington's last 6 games on the road
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Washington's last 7 games when playing Colorado
  • Washington is 5-9-1 SU in its last 15 games when playing on the road against Colorado
  • The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Colorado's last 10 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Colorado's last 7 games when playing Washington
  • Colorado is 3-5-1 SU in its last 9 games when playing at home against Washington
  • The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Colorado's last 10 games when playing at home against Washington

Next Betting Matchups

Washington at Arizona, Saturday, April 2nd
Colorado home to St. Louis, Sunday, April 3rd

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