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Devils open as moneyline underdog vs Avalanche

New Jersey Devils

Colorado Avalanche
20-18-10 January 16, 2014, 09:00 PM | Pepsi Center 29-12-5

Hockey bettors look for value at Pepsi Center on Thursday as host Colorado battles the New Jersey Devils in hockey odds action.

The Avalanche sit at 29-12-5 on the season; in comparison, the Devils are currently 20-18-10. Looking to wager on the totals? Colorado is 21-23-2 OU, and New Jersey is 14-23-11 OU.

View New Jersey Devils vs Colorado Avalanche Odds and Stats.

The visitors opened as 153 moneyline underdogs in this one at most online sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark, including 5Dimes. The total opened at 5 for those preferring over under wagers, watch for the line updates during the day at Bovada.

The NHL Power Rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Avalanche rated this week at No. 17 and the Devils sitting at No. 18.

Last time out for New Jersey, they were a 4-1 winner as they battled the Canadiens on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Devils at +155 were rewarded, while the 5 combined goals moved the game PUSH for totals bettors.

Colorado was a 3-2 winner in its last match on the road against the Blackhawks. They won as +185 underdogs, while the total score of 5 made winners of UNDER bettors.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Colorado's No. 8-ranked offense (2.93 goals per game) against a Devils defense that ranks No. 8 at 2.46 goals per game allowed. The Avalanche powerplay has clicked at a 20% rate while the Devils have a 86.36% rate on the penalty kill.

Next up:
New Jersey at Winnipeg, Saturday, January 18th
Colorado at Nashville, Saturday, January 18th