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Rangers open as moneyline underdog vs Avalanche

New York Rangers

Colorado Avalanche
43-30-4 April 03, 2014, 09:00 PM | Pepsi Center 48-21-6

Colorado will try to be nasty hosts on Thursday when the New York Rangers pay a visit to Pepsi Center.

The Rangers will try to spoil to the party on Thursday; they are 43-30-4 this season, while the Avalanche are 48-21-6. New York is 30-37-10 on the totals; Colorado is 37-36-2.View New York Rangers vs Colorado Avalanche Odds and Stats.

The Avalanche were listed earlier today as -116 moneyline Favorite at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark (including Bovada, while oddsmakers set the opening total around 5.5.

The Odds Shark NHL Power Rankings have the Avalanche at No. 16 and the Rangers at No. 10 heading into this contest.

The Rangers were a 3-1 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Canucks. That made winners of bettors who got New York at -124 on the moneyline, while the total score (4) was good news for UNDER bettors.

Last time out for Colorado, they were a 3-2 winner as they battled the Blue Jackets on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Avalanche at +112 were rewarded, while the 5 combined goals moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Colorado's No. 6-ranked offense, averaging 3.07 goals per game, against a Rangers defense that ranks No. 4 at 2.39 goals allowed. The Avalanche power play is averaging 20.35% while the Rangers defense kills off 84.68% of their penalties.

Next up:
New York home to Ottawa, Saturday, April 5th
Colorado at St. Louis, Saturday, April 5th