- Date & Location: Friday, November 19 at Climate Pledge Arena in Seattle, Washington
- Odds: Colorado Avalanche (-151) vs. Seattle Kraken (+137) via Betonline
- Prediction: Colorado to beat Seattle
The Colorado Avalanche, who were one of the preseason favorites to win the 2021-22 Stanley Cup struggled at the start of the season. However, the team seems to be coming into form these days. The Avalanche take a three-game winning streak with them when they travel to Seattle’s Climate Pledge Arena to face the Seattle Kraken on Friday. The Kraken, who are in their first year in the NHL, are experiencing growing pains. Seattle has lost its past five games heading into their home matchup against Colorado.
Kraken vs. Avalanche Odds
Seattle Kraken Analysis
The Seattle Kraken sit right in the middle of the NHL in scoring. In the 32-team league, the Kraken rank 16th in goals for this season with 44. As for the defensive side of the ice, Seattle has struggled to keep pucks out of their own net. Only three teams, Montreal, Arizona and Detroit, have allowed more goals than Seattle’s 59 goals against. As for special teams, the Kraken have the second worst power play in the league, which has connected at just 12.5 percent. The team’s penalty kill is also in the lower half of the NHL this season at 81.3 percent. Only one team has averaged more goals against per game than Seattle and that is the Arizona Coyotes. Seattle averages 3.69 goals against compared to Arizona’s 3.81.
Seattle’s top scorer is Jordan Eberle. Eberle has 13 points (6 goals, 7 assists), which puts him 59th in league scoring. Seattle only has two other players who rank in the top-100 in the league in scoring.
— Seattle Kraken (@SeattleKraken) November 18, 2021
The Kraken’s starting goaltender, Philipp Grubauer, has a goals-against average of 3.18 and a save percentage of 0.877.
The team might have poor offensive numbers, but Seattle is getting its chances. The club ranks 16th in the NHL in shots on goal with 470. Seattle has allowed the third-fewest shots in the league with 410.
Seattle has been outscored 24-14 during its five-game losing skid.
Colorado Avalanche Analysis
Colorado is in the top half of the NHL in goals for this season with 46, which puts the club in the No. 13 position overall. As for goals against, the team has allowed 41 goals against, which makes them one of the better defensive clubs this year. Colorado’s power play is operating at 19.6 percent, which is 15th best in the league and the team’s penalty kill is in the top-10 at 85.3 percent. Only two NHL clubs average more goals per game than the Avalanche. Edmonton and Florida have averaged more than Colorado’s 3.54 goals per game. Colorado’s defense has not been the best this season. The team allows 3.15 goals against per game, which puts them in the bottom third in that category.
Nazem Kadri, who is in his third season in Colorado, leads the team in scoring with 17 points (5G, 12A). Kadri’s scoring ranks him in the top-20 in the NHL. Colorado has one other player, Gabriel Landeskog, in the top-50 in NHL scoring this season.
Darcy Kuemper is in his first season as the Avalanche’s starting goalie. Kuemper has a 2.56 GAA and a SV% of .916.
— Colorado Avalanche (@Avalanche) November 18, 2021
Colorado has not been very good at getting shots on goal this year. The team ranks 27th with 417 shots. On a positive side, the team has allowed the fifth-fewest shots on goal this year with 414.
Colorado has outscored their opponents 17-5 during the team’s three-game winning streak, putting up 7-1, 6-2, and 4-2 wins during that run.
MyTopSportsbook’s Final Pick
This should be an offense-first game and could end with a decently high score. I expect at the end of the game, the Avalanche will extend the team’s winning streak to four in a row with an away victory over the Seattle Kraken. The Colorado team is, at least offensively, getting things done in a big way.
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