Many of Detroit’s players were eliminated before the Olympic final so only Brian Rafalski will be weary as he played for Team USA on Sunday in the gold medal game. NHL betting has the odds on this game very close with Colorado a slight favorite.
Hockey betting has the Red Wings playing a lot of games very quickly now that the break is over. They have 15 games in the next 30 days. They basically play every other day. "Over the last three years we've played a lot of hockey and, unfortunately, the guys who could have used this break the most went to the Olympics," Detroit’s Kris Draper said. "But that's what comes with being the best players in the world. But now those guys are going to get four or five days off, which they certainly need and deserve." Only Rafalski and Valtteri Filppula have to play for Detroit on shorter rest. Detroit’s head coach Mike Babcock may also be weary since he coached Team Canada in the Olympics.
Colorado really didn’t have to worry about the Olympics affecting their players since most of them didn’t play. The one player that will be tired though is Paul Statsny as he played for the U.S. in the gold medal game.
The Red Wings are 1-4 vs. the hockey betting odds in their last 5 overall. The Red Wings are 1-5 in their last 6 road games. The Red Wings are 10-3 in the last 13 meetings in Colorado.
The Avalanche are 5-0 against the hockey betting line in their last 5 home games. The Avalanche are 4-1 in their last 5 vs. the Central Division.
Five of the last seven Detroit road games have gone over the hockey betting total. Nine of the last thirteen Colorado home games have gone under. In this series, eight of the last 11 meetings have gone over.
Colorado and Detroit have split their last ten meetings overall. The Avalanche have won two of the three meetings this season including 3-1 at the Pepsi Center in Denver. Two of those three games went over the NHL betting total. Three of the last five between the two in Colorado have gone over the total.