Two of the best teams in hockey will meet up tonight at 10 p.m. ET on TNT as the Colorado Avalanche host the New Jersey Devils. This should be a tremendous game to close out an incredible slate on the ice tonight. If you need help picking a side in this matchup, we have you covered with our Devils vs. Avalanche odds, picks, and predictions.
While both teams have true Stanley Cup aspirations this season, they enter this game banged up. New Jersey will be without centermen Jack Hughes and Nico Hischier, while Colorado has three key players put on IR. Luckily, it is still early in the season, and both teams look like true contenders.
The Avalanche are favored in this matchup, with the total sitting around . The oddsmakers favor the home team in this matchup, but there may be some real value with New Jersey tonight. Here, we will give our preview and best Devils vs. Avalanche betting pick.
Devils vs. Avalanche Odds: Puck Line, Moneyline, Total
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New Jersey Devils (7-3-1, 3-8 ATS)
The Devils are coming off a big win over the Blackhawks, but the schedule gets harder tonight with one of the top teams in hockey. While beating Chicago shouldn’t be considered a ‘big win,’ they did so coming off an injury to Hughes, who has been one of the most important players on the team.
Through 10 games, Hughes leads the league in assists (15), and he has five goals. With Hischier already out, losing Hughes is a tough blow. Luckily, the Devils still have one of the best offenses in the NHL. Tyler Toffoli and Jesper Bratt each have seven goals on the season, and New Jersey ranks in the top 10 in unblocked shot percentage, points, and goals scored.
However, the Devils have a massive problem even if you disregard their injury situation. The Devils’ goalie situation has not treated them nicely this season. It is way too early to panic, especially when the offense is scoring as much as they are, but Akira Schmid and Vitek Vanecek have been below average this year. Both allow over three goals per game; Schmid has below a .900 save percentage, while Vanecek has allowed two or more goals in each of his last five starts.
New Jersey Devils Betting Trends
- The total has gone OVER in nine of New Jersey’s last 11 games.
- New Jersey is 6-12 SU in its last 18 games against Colorado.
- The total has gone OVER in six of New Jersey’s last nine road games.
- New Jersey is 4-1 SU in its last five games.
Colorado Avalanche (7-3-0, 6-4 ATS)
The Colorado Avalanche are one of the best teams in hockey. However, they are in a bit of a skid right now, losing three of its last four and getting outscored 16-4 during this stretch, including a 7-0 loss to Las Vegas last week. Like the Devils, they have some injury problems but are not as concerning as New Jersey’s.
Despite Colorado’s record, this team has not played all that well this season. This stretch is certainly not indicative of how good they are, but Colorado has now been held to two or fewer goals four times this season, and during this losing streak, they have been shut out in all three losses.
Still, this offense ranks second in xGoal%, third in shot attempt % & unblocked shot %, and 10th in points. Even with the recent issues, they still get plenty of shots on net. With three of the best point scorers in the league in Mikko Rantanen (14 points), Cale Makar (11 points), and Nathan MacKinnon (nine points), it is easy to see why this team is so dangerous on any given night.
Defensively, they are also much better than their recent production. Although they have allowed 16 goals in the last four games, they still only allow 2.8 goals per game, and this is a spot against an undermanned Devils squad for goalie Alexandar Georgiev to have a bounce-back game.
Colorado Avalanche Betting Trends
- The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Colorado’s last 14 games.
- Colorado is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games.
- The total has gone UNDER in six of Colorado’s last seven home games.
- Colorado is 9-2 SU in its last 11 home games against New Jersey.
Devils vs. Avalanche Prediction: Colorado Picks up Big Home Victory
On paper, these are two of, if not THE, two best offenses in hockey. Not only do they have some of the elite skaters in the game, but they both have the depth to have each line be a top-scoring unit in the NHL.
As stated above, both teams are dealing with injuries, especially the Devils. They will be without two top points scorers, not just on the team, but in the league. The Devils are also playing against a team they have not had much luck against lately.
The oddsmakers have Colorado listed as a significant favorite on the moneyline, which means there is not much value with this pick, but backing Colorado is the right side. They have been playing well below their true production level, are starting to get healthier, and are playing at home against a team missing two of its most essential skaters.
This is why we will take Colorado on the puck line. Remember that as a favorite, they would have to win by two goals rather than just winning the game outright with the moneyline. Both are good bets for tonight, but we will take the value and back the home team to win by multiple scores.
Devils vs. Avalanche Pick: Colorado
How To Watch Devils vs. Avalanche
Date: Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2023
Puck Drop: 10 p.m. ET
Location: Ball Arena – Denver, CO
Where to Watch: TNT