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NHL betting line favors Blackhawks over Avalanche

Colorado Avalanche

Chicago Blackhawks
28-12-5 January 14, 2014, 08:00 PM | United Center 30-8-10

Hockey bettors look for value at United Center on Tuesday as host Chicago battles the Colorado Avalanche in hockey odds action.

The Blackhawks bring a 30-8-10 record to the battle against the 28-12-5 Avalanche. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Chicago go 26-22 so far and the Avalanche go 21-22-2.

View Colorado Avalanche vs Chicago Blackhawks Odds and Stats.

Sportsbooks such as Bovada had the Blackhawks as -200 moneyline Favorite in this particular NHL matchup earlier. The total, meanwhile, was set early at 5.5 before betting started to move the line at 5Dimes.

The NHL Power Rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Blackhawks rated this week at No. 1 and the Avalanche sitting at No. 17.

Colorado won its last outing, a 4-2 result against the Wild on January 11. Bettors who backed the Avalanche at +105 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (6) sent OVER bettors to the payout window.

In their last action, Chicago was a 5-3 winner at home against the Oilers. Bettors on Chicago at -248 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (8) sent OVER bettors home happy as well.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Chicago's No. 2-ranked offense, averaging 3.65 goals per game, against a Avalanche defense that ranks No. 12 at 2.56 goals allowed. The Blackhawks power play is averaging 24.18% while the Avalanche defense kills off 80.74% of their penalties.

Next up:
Colorado home to New Jersey, Thursday, January 16th
Chicago home to Anaheim, Friday, January 17th