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Islanders vs. Avalanche NHL Betting Odds & Pick from Nick Parsons: January 10th 2014

Nick Parsons NHL PickNew York Islanders vs. Colorado Avalanche
NHL Betting Prediction: Under 5.5 goals -110 odds (January 10th 2014)
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The Islanders come into Colorado off a 5-3 smashing of the Leafs in Toronto on Tuesday, while Colorado is off a 4-3 victory over Ottawa on Wednesday. So while both teams were involved in high-scoring affairs in their last outings, I believe that the situation, the numbers and the trends all point to a more defensive battle this evening, and when the smoke does finally clear at the end of this one, look for the total to sneak below the posted number.

The Isles were a bit “lucky” to escape Toronto with a victory, scoring three goals in the final 20 minutes vs. the inept Leafs. It’s interesting to note that New York has not won six straight road games since 2001.

And note that New York has seen the total go “under” the number in four of seven this year after a win by 2 goals or more, while Colorado has seen it dip below the number in ten of 15 this season after scoring 4 goals or more in its previous contest.

Bad news for Colorado fans today will be the expected absence of center Ryan O’Reilly with a shoulder injury.

Consider a second look at the “under” in this one.