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NHL Team Focus: Colorado Avalanche

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The Colorado Avalanche aren’t blowing away hockey fans or pundits with their seemingly pedestrian spot in the standings as we get into the second half of the season, but following a couple of inconsistent campaigns, the Avs may be one of the better hockey bets you don’t know about.

The Avalanche won the Central Division and finished second in the Western Conference with 112 points in the 2013-14 season, morphing into the “sexy” pick to make a deep Cup run in 2014-15. Those lofty expectations were soon forgotten as the club sputtered that season, finishing dead-last in the ultra competitive Central Division.

Heading into this season, things seemed a bit different in Colorado. There were no real expectations and, thus, no pressure to live up to that “sexy” billing. And maybe that reason is why the Avs have become rather valuable at the betting window.

Despite a middling 13-11 record away from home this season, the Avs are the top road money team in the NHL, earning $100 bettors $866 if wagering on each of Colorado’s games away from the Pepsi Center so far. To put their betting value on the road in perspective, the teams behind them are the two best road teams in the entire NHL. The San Jose Sharks (15-6-2 on the road) are the second-best road bet at $730 while the Washington Capitals (17-5-2) are the next most profitable venture at $712.

The Avs have been dogs in each of their 24 road games this year, hence the betting value. They’ve beaten some NHL titans en route to filling bettors’ bankrolls, including the Tampa Bay Lightning (+180), Chicago Blackhawks (+174), Anaheim Ducks (+173), Nashville Predators (+171) and St. Louis Blues (+159).

While they have been fantastic for bettors looking for a solid road team, they haven't been quite the same on home ice. The Avs are just 11-10-3 at the Pepsi Center this season, down -$318 per $100 wager at home.

But perhaps that could be something that is changing giving them added value down the home stretch. The Avs have posted back-to-back wins on home ice and that could be the spark that bettors need to back them confidently in the second half of the season, certainly making them a team to focus on at the betting window.

Colorado returns to the ice Friday evening as the St. Louis Blues visit in a Central Division battle. Be sure to visit Bovada for all of your NHL betting needs.

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