Chicago lost the first place in the Central division to St. Louis and is now in danger of being tied for the second by Colorado. Defeating the Avalanche at home is vital for the Blackhawks, but they will have to do it with without Martin Hossa on the ice, as his injury will keep him away for two weeks.
Odds: Winner Sports 1.91
The two teams met three times this season and they split the points in the first two games, with Colorado earning a rare victory away from home in the most recent meeting. The Avalanche required overtime, but they wouldn’t mind winning another game after the 60 min. of regulation time have ended. Scoring goals comes easy to the visiting team, who scored 14 since the Winter Olympics break, en route to winning two out of three matches.
The biggest problem for Colorado is that they also allowed opponents to score 11 goals over that span and even without Martin Hossa, Chicago is one of the best defensive teams in the league. They are leading the tables with 213 goals so far and most of them have been scored at home, where the Blackhawks have a 19-4-7 record. Patrick Sharp and Jonathan Toews are going to be the ones to watch for tonight, as they both scored in all of the games played between the two teams this season.
Despite the fact that they are separated by only three points, the skill gap between Chicago and Colorado is much wider. Therefore, odds of 1.91 offered by Winner Sports for a regulation time victory, are high enough to justify a wager on Chicago to prevail against its division rival.