NHL Hockey Betting: Colorado Avalanche at Washington Capitals

NHL Hockey Betting:  Colorado Avalanche at Washington Capitals

The Colorado Avalanche will try to continue their undefeated start to the season on Tuesday as they travel to Washington, DC to take on the Capitals. The Avs are coming off a Monday night game at Pittsburgh with Gabriel Landeskog scoring in OT to give Colorado a 4-3 victory. Washington is 1-1 on the season losing at Pittsburgh in their first game and beating the Islanders at home on Saturday. Colorado plays four of their next five games away from home–they’ll head to Florida after this game for contests against the Lightning and Panthers, return home to play Winnipeg, and then play at Arizona on 10/29.

Two teams that are tough to figure out. In the past couple of seasons the Colorado Avalanche may have done less with more talent than any team in NHL history. They finished in sixth place in the Central Division last year and out of the playoffs. That cost Patrick Roy his job and he was replaced by the significantly less mercurial Jared Bednar. Bednar was previously the head coach of the AHL Lake Erie Monsters and is more of a ‘by the book’ hockey coach than his predecessor. If Patrick Roy’s biggest failing was the inability to get everything out of his brutally talented team then it’s ‘so far so good’ for Bednar after the team’s 2-0 start.

This is going to be a tough season for the Washington Capitals. They ran away with the President’s Trophy last year finishing with 120 points–11 more than Western Conference regular season champions Dallas and 16 more than any other Eastern Conference team. That dominance definitely didn’t continue in the playoffs as they were pushed to 6 games by the Philadelphia Flyers after blowing a 3-0 lead and were eliminated in the second round by the eventual Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins. Expectations are high again this year but it looks like a number of teams in the Eastern Conference have improved while the Capitals have largely ‘stood pat’.

Washington had no trouble with Colorado last year winning both meetings and they’ve won 4 straight against the Avs. That being said, the price sure seems high given what we’ve seen out of Colorado so far. We’ll take the road team at a big price.