Colorado Avalanche center Pierre-Edouard Bellemare, third from left, battles for control of a loose puck with, from left, Vegas Golden Knights defenseman Dylan Coghlan, goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, and center Cody Glass in the third period of an NHL hockey game Monday, Feb. 22, 2021, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
- There are 11 NHL games on the ice on Thursday, March 25th
- Robert Duff split his Saturday picks, leaving his NHL record at 20-12 (+5.56 units won)
- The Vegas Golden Knights and Colorado Avalanche clash in a battle for West Division supremacy
On paper, there’s very little to choose in the NHL lines between the Colorado Avalanche and the Vegas Golden Knights. Vegas leads the league’s West Division with 35 points. There are 11 games featured in the March 25th NHL odds, with plenty of great matchups to dissect.
One significant difference, though, is in that prize possession of real estate known as location. The Golden Knights are just 1-4 all-time straight up at Colorado’s Pepsi Center.
Thanks perhaps to that home-ice edge, the Avalanche are listed as the -148 favorites over Vegas.
In the East Division, not so long ago the New York Islanders needed to look up in the standings to spot the Boston Bruins. Earlier in the season, Boston led the division. Today, the victims of a rash of injuries and a recent COVID-19 shutdown, Boston has slumped to fourth place.
Meanwhile, the red-hot Isles charged into top spot. Still, it’s the Bruins who are being pegged as the -124 chalk in this game. The Islanders are just 1-5 against the spread over the past six games.
March 25th NHL Odds
|New Jersey Devils||+163||+1.5 (-157)||O 6.0 (-106)|
|Washington Capitals||-190||-1.5 (+130)||U 6.0 (-115)|
|New York Islanders||+102||OFF||OFF|
|New York Rangers||-110||-1.5 (+230)||O 6.0 (-112)|
|Philadelphia Flyers||-106||+1.5 (-286)||U 6.0 (-109)|
|Buffalo Sabres||+225||+1.5 (-113)||O 6.0 (+100)|
|Pittsburgh Penguins||-275||-1.5 (-106)||U 6.0 (-100)|
|Toronto Maple Leafs||-250||-1.5 (+102)||O 6.5 (-108)|
|Ottawa Senators||+210||+1.5 (-113)||U 6.5 (-113)|
|Carolina Hurricanes||-165||-1.5 (+155)||O 5.5 (-107)|
|Columbus Blue Jackets||+140||+1.5 (-190)||U 5.5 (-114)|
|Florida Panthers||-129||-1.5 (+190)||O 6.5 (+100)|
|Chicago Blackhawks||+112||+1.5 (-235)||U 6.5 (-120)|
|Detroit Red Wings||+148||+1.5 (-180)||O 5.5 (-103)|
|Nashville Predators||-175||-1.5 (+150)||U 5.5 (-120)|
|St. Louis Blues||+102||+1.5 (-265)||O 5.5 (+108)|
|Minnesota Wild||-118||-1.5 (+210||U 5.5 (-132)|
|Tampa Bay Lightning||-165||-1.5 (+155)||O 5.5 (+114)|
|Dallas Stars||+140||+1.5 (-190)||U 5.5 (-137)|
|Vegas Golden Knights||+140||+1.5 (-182)||O 5.5 (-113)|
|Colorado Avalanche||-162||-1.5 (+150)||U 5.5 (-108)|
Odds as of March 24th at DraftKings
A Thin Line Between Avalanche and Golden Knights
The margins between the Avalanche and the Golden Knights are razor-thin. Vegas is 22-7-1, while Colorado is 20-8-3. The Avs own a +35 goal differential. The Golden Knights are at +33.
Vegas is 13-2-1 at home and 9-5-0 on the road. At home, Colorado is 12-4-1. Away, the Avs are 8-4-2. Colorado is 7-1-2 over the past 10 games, while Vegas is 7-3-0. Both teams are 0-1 in the shootout.
There are two other prevalent stats to take into consideration when these two teams face off against each other. Four of their last five meetings ended up finishing as one-goal decisions. The only one that didn’t was the last game between the two clubs. Vegas took that one 3-0 at Colorado for the first-ever win in the Mile High City by the Golden Knights.
All four Avs-Golden Knights games this season have gone under the total on this one of 5.5 goals.
Pick: Under 5.5 goals (-108), 1 unit
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Bruins in Trouble Against Islanders
All of the players that the Bruins have dubbed the “COVID 5” – forwards David Krejci, David Pastrnak, Sean Kuraly, Jake DeBrusk, and Craig Smith – remain in COVID-19 protocol. Whether they’ll be able to play in Thursday’s game remains uncertain at this point.
The Bruins also list nine players on the injured list. One of them, goalie Tuukka Rask (undisclosed), is a possibility to play Thursday.
The Islanders are 4-0 against the Bruins this season, but this will be the first trip to Boston for the Isles. New York is 3-0 outright as an underdog against the Bruins this season. The Isles have outscored Boston 14-5 in the four victories.
Pick: New York Islanders (+102), 1 unit
An industry veteran, Bob literally taught the course on the history of sports at Elder College. He has worked as a Sports Columnist for Postmedia, appeared as a guest on several radio stations, was the Vice President of the Society For International Hockey Research in Ontario, and written 25 books.