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Blackhawks visit Colorado Avalanche in NHL clash

Chicago Blackhawks

Colorado Avalanche
38-13-14 March 12, 2014, 09:30 PM | Pepsi Center 42-18-5

A key battle on the NHL odds menu sees visiting Chicago duelling Colorado on Wednesday at Pepsi Center.

The Avalanche currently sport a record of 42-18-5. The Blackhawks are 38-13-14. Betting totals have seen the Avalanche post a 33-30-2 OVER/UNDER record this season, while the Blackhawks have gone 34-31 against the number.View Chicago Blackhawks vs Colorado Avalanche Odds and Stats.

Hockey odds makers at 5Dimes opened the Avalanche as 105 moneyline underdogs in this matchup. Over under bettors saw the number open at 5.5 at BetOnline.

This game puts the Avalanche, most recently No. 11 in the Odds Shark NHL Power Rankings, up against the Blackhawks, who rate a No. 13 in the latest survey.

In their last action, Chicago was a 2-1 winner on the road against the Sabres. Bettors on Chicago at -240 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (3) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well.

Colorado won its last outing, a 3-2 result against the Jets on March 10. Bettors who backed the Avalanche at -159 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (5) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Colorado's No. 7-ranked offense (3.06 goals per game) against a Blackhawks defense that ranks No. 12 at 2.65 goals per game allowed. The Avalanche powerplay has clicked at a 19.9% rate while the Blackhawks have a 81.09% rate on the penalty kill.

Next up:
Chicago home to Nashville, Friday, March 14th
Colorado home to Anaheim, Friday, March 14th