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NHL Betting Preview: Colorado Avalanche at Chicago Blackhawks

by Alexander Banks on Friday, October 19th, 2007

NHL Betting Preview: Colorado Avalanche at Chicago BlackhawksColorado heads to Chicago on Friday to begin a four game road trip against the Blackhawks.  The Av’s have started well this season led by veteran Joe Sakic and center Paul Statsny.  If the name sounds familiar, it is.  Statsny’s father Peter played with Quebec, New Jersey and St. Louis and scored 450 goals in his career.  His son is sure off to a good start.  Last year Paul finished with 28 goals and 50 assists in his rookie season.  This year he has five goals, eight assists and 13 points in six games.  SBG Global reports that early betting has the public taking the favored Avalanche on the Road. 

NHL Betting Preview
Colorado Avalanche (4-2) at Chicago Blackhawks (3-3)
Friday, 8:35 pm Eastern

SBG Global Opening Line: Avalanche  -115 , Total 5.5 Under (-115) 

The Avalanche are coming off a huge comeback win on Tuesday as they trailed 4-0 yet won in a shootout over Calgary 5-4. "It's important that we play a full 60 minutes and we didn't do that today," said winger Ryan Smyth, "It wasn't what we had in mind, but we'll sure take it any way we can."  The Avalanche got a big game out of goaltender Jose Theodore, who stopped all 17 shots he faced in relief of Peter Budaj. "When you get in, it's never easy, you're not as warmed up," Theodore said. "I was trying to keep it simple, give my team a chance to win, and they showed a lot of character coming back."  It was the first win of the year for Theodore. Budaj is 3-1 but he has been pulled in two of his five starts and his 3.40 goals-against average is not very good.

SBG Global Current Line: Avalanche  -115 , Total 5.5 Under (-115)

Chicago is coming off a 3-1 home loss against St. Louis on Wednesday. "In this league, when you have a poor start, it's tough to come back every night," coach Denis Savard said. "There was effort and a lot of good things happened, but once you get down 2-nothing, it's tough to come back."  Chicago is having a tough time scoring goals.  They have scored just 10 goals this season and that is last in the Western Conference. 

The teams split last year’s four games.  The Av’s have owned the Blackhawks the last four years going 11-3-1 against them.  Here are the betting stats for Friday’s game.  The Avalanche are 9-3 in their last 12 vs. the Western Conference. The Avalanche are 19-7 in their last 26 overall.

The Avalanche are 10-4 in their last 14 road games. The Avalanche are 1-4 in their last 5 Friday games. The Avalanche are 6-2 in the last 8 meetings in Chicago. 

The Blackhawks are 5-2 in their last 7 home games. The Blackhawks are 2-9 in their last 11 Friday games. 

The Over is 21-8-1 in the Avalanche last 30 vs. the Western Conference. The Under is 5-2-2 in the Avalanche last 9 Friday games. The Over is 5-2 in the Avalanche last 7 overall. The Over is 14-6 in the Avalanche last 20 road games. The Under is 13-6-2 in the Avalanche last 21 vs. the Central. 

The Under is 6-1-1 in the Blackhawks last 8 vs. the Northwest. The Under is 10-2-4 in the Blackhawks last 16 overall. The Under is 10-2-4 in the Blackhawks last 16 vs. the Western Conference. 

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