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NHL : ATS Matchup
Thursday 10/18/2018Line$ LineOU LineScore



COLORADO (3-1-0-2, 8 pts.) at NEW JERSEY (4-0-0-0, 8 pts.)
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Thursday, 10/18/2018 7:05 PM
Board OpeningLatest
5COLORADO+120Ov 6,-110+130Ov 6,-105
6NEW JERSEY-140Un 6,-110-150Un 6,-115
COLORADO - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games3-3-0-0.63-3-0.63-33.531.82.534.7
Team Stats (Road Games)1-2-0-1.41-2-1.42-13.330.03.036.3
Last 5 Games2-3-0-1.62-3-1.63-23.430.22.837.4
COLORADO Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
Team Stats (All Games)6218760319111.0%21628.6%35
Team Stats (Road Games)310352009011.1%11436.4%16
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)5177640115111.3%18527.8%29
Stats Against (All Games) 15544222087.2%2926.9%20
Stats Against (Road Games) 9323121098.3%19210.5%12
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 14444221877.5%2627.7%18
COLORADO - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
PHILIPP GRUBAUER (All Games)11343088.2%00-1-10-1-0-11-0
PHILIPP GRUBAUER (Road Games)11343088.2%00-1-10-1-0-11-0
PHILIPP GRUBAUER(vs. Non-Conference)11343088.2%00-1-10-1-0-11-0
PHILIPP GRUBAUER (Last 4 Games)11343088.2%00-1-10-1-0-11-0
SEMYON VARLAMOV (All Games)5517316494.8%03-2+0.43-2-0+12-3
SEMYON VARLAMOV (Road Games)22747195.9%01-1-0.41-1-001-1
SEMYON VARLAMOV(vs. Non-Conference)3311110695.5%02-1+0.62-1-0+12-1
SEMYON VARLAMOV (Last 4 Games)4415214494.7%02-2-0.62-2-002-2

NEW JERSEY - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games4-0-0+44-0+41-
Team Stats (Home Games)4-0-0+44-0+41-
Last 5 Games4-0-0+44-0+41-
NEW JERSEY Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
Team Stats (All Games)4174670113312.8%20420.0%25
Team Stats (Home Games)4174670113312.8%20420.0%25
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)4174670113312.8%20420.0%25
Stats Against (All Games) 4121001033.9%1417.1%8
Stats Against (Home Games) 4121001033.9%1417.1%8
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 4121001033.9%1417.1%8
NEW JERSEY - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
MACKENZIE BLACKWOOD (All Games)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
MACKENZIE BLACKWOOD (Home Games)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
MACKENZIE BLACKWOOD(vs. Non-Conference)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
KEITH KINKAID (All Games)441039996.1%24-0+44-0-0+41-3
KEITH KINKAID (Home Games)441039996.1%24-0+44-0-0+41-3
KEITH KINKAID(vs. Non-Conference)33827895.1%13-0+33-0-0+31-2
KEITH KINKAID (Last 4 Games)441039996.1%24-0+44-0-0+41-3
EDDIE LACK (All Games)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
EDDIE LACK (Home Games)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
EDDIE LACK(vs. Non-Conference)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
CORY SCHNEIDER (All Games)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
CORY SCHNEIDER (Home Games)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
CORY SCHNEIDER(vs. Non-Conference)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
Average power rating of opponents played: COLORADO 2.63,  NEW JERSEY 3.44
COLORADO - Schedule
10/4/2018MINNESOTA4-1W0, -105W6 unU
10/6/2018PHILADELPHIA5-2W0, -110W6 evO
10/9/2018at COLUMBUS2-5L0, +130L6 unO
10/11/2018at BUFFALO6-1W0, -120W6 unO
10/13/2018CALGARY2-3L0, -125L6.5 evU
10/16/2018at NY RANGERS2-3L0, -135L6 evU
10/18/2018at NEW JERSEY 
10/20/2018at CAROLINA 
10/22/2018at PHILADELPHIA 
10/24/2018TAMPA BAY 
10/27/2018at MINNESOTA 

NEW JERSEY - Schedule
10/6/2018EDMONTON5-2W0, -105W6 evO
10/11/2018WASHINGTON6-0W0, -120W6.5 unU
10/14/2018SAN JOSE3-2W0, -105W6 unU
10/16/2018DALLAS3-0W0, -140W6 ovU
10/20/2018at PHILADELPHIA 
COLORADO: LAST SEASON: 43-30-9, 95 points. Fourth place in Central Division, 8th seed in Western Conference.
LOST to Nashville Predators in first round.
COACH: Jared Bednar (third season with Avalanche, third NHL season).
ADDED: LW Matt Calvert, D Ian Cole, G Philipp Grubauer.
LOST: LW Blake Comeau, G Jonathan Bernier, RW Nail Yakupov, G Andrew Hammond.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Nathan MacKinnon. The 23-year-old center is coming off a season in which he had 39 goals and 58 assists. His 97 total points were the most by an Avalanche player since Hall of Famer-turned-general manager Joe Sakic recorded 100 in 2006-07. "His skill level is unbelievable," said Grubauer, who was acquired in a trade with Washington in June. "He can make a difference out there."
OUTLOOK: Not much was expected of the Avalanche this time a year ago. With good reason ' they were coming off a 48-point season. They won't be overlooked again after clinching a playoff spot during their final game of the season, before losing to the Predators in the first round. The line of captain Gabriel Landeskog, MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen was put together on Oct. 28 and combined for 225 points in the final 72 games. "We have to remember how much hard work we put into that and know we aren't going to catch anybody sleeping," Landeskog said. "Everybody knows we're a good team and here to stay."
COACH: John Hynes (fourth season).
ADDED: D Eric Gryba, D Egor Yakovlev.
LOST: F Patrick Maroon, D John Moore, F Brian Gibbons, F Michael Grabner, F Jimmy Hayes.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Taylor Hall. Won NHL MVP in breakout season. Had team highs of 39 goals, 54 assists and 93 points, 41 points more than closest teammate. Led Devils to playoffs for first time since 2011-12. Developed great chemistry with No. 1 overall draft pick Nico Hischier.
ADDED two goals and four assists in playoffs. Had offseason surgery on torn ligaments in left hand. Needs to be just as good.
OUTLOOK: Devils didn't change much. They believe there is a good mixture of rising stars in Hall and Hischier and solid role players in Marcus Johansson, Kyle Palmieri and Miles Wood. The question remains the defense and goaltending. Keith Kinkaid replaced Cory Schneider as No. 1 in second half of season but struggled in postseason. Hip may keep Schneider out for start of season. Andy Greene and Sami Vatanen are top defenders. Will Butcher needs to repeat surprising rookie season. Youngsters John Quenneville and Nick Lappin may make the jump from AHL.
Devils, Avalanche off to fast starts

Last season, the Colorado Avalanche and New Jersey Devils were two of the biggest surprises in the National Hockey League, each ending droughts by reaching the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Neither team is going to sneak up on anyone this season, yet both are off to strong starts heading into their first meeting of 2018-19 on Thursday night at Prudential Center.

The Devils (4-0-0) are the only NHL team not to have lost a game so far. The Avalanche (3-1-2) are playing well despite losing two straight.

"It's a challenge playing these guys," Devils center Brian Boyle said. "They're a lot like us -- young, fast, hungry. It should be a good game."

New Jersey is outscoring the opposition by a dominating 17-4 through four games. Goalie Keith Kinkaid already has two shutouts, including Tuesday's 3-0 win over the Dallas Stars, and he owns a sparkling .961 save percentage to go along with a 1.00 goals-against average.

"He's just taken that net and owned every part of it," Devils defenseman Will Butcher told the team's website. "He's taken a huge step in his game."

Kinkaid is not alone, though, in the Devils' early-season success. Kyle Palmieri scored the opening goal in all four games this season, and has seven through four games. Jean-Sebastien Dea has three goals in four games.

Eight players have three points or more, including four defensemen. The team has killed off 13 of 14 penalties and is perfect the last 13 times short-handed.

"It's fun to come to the rink right now," Palmieri said. "The team's in a good mood, and we're happy with the way we're playing. We're beating some really good teams, so, hopefully, we just keep that going."

New Jersey is rolling even though reigning Hart Trophy winner Taylor Hall is without a goal through four games -- though he does have four assists. Certainly, the Avalanche and their top player, Nathan MacKinnon, will be aware of Hall on the ice.

Last year, MacKinnon was runner-up to Hall for the Hart Trophy as the league's most valuable player. Both players scored 39 goals, and MacKinnon had 97 points to Hall's 93.

MacKinnon picked up this year where he left off. He has seven goals already and established a franchise record with goals in each of the first six games of the season after scoring in the second period of Tuesday's 3-2 shootout loss to the New York Rangers.

"I'd like to get a few more assists actually, but it's been nice, the puck is going in for me," MacKinnon told the Avalanche website.

Mackinnon's linemate, Mikko Rantanen, also has at least one point in each game so far. Rantanen's eight assists and nine points both are team highs.

"You need to have chemistry to be successful, and Mikko and I have lots of chemistry," MacKinnon said. "He's a big guy, slows the game down, and I like to speed it up. We complement each other really well."

The Avalanche might receive a boost Thursday as it appears Sven Andrighetto will play in his first game of the season. He suffered a leg injury during the preseason but practiced fully on Wednesday.

"He is going to be available for us (Thursday)," Avalanche coach Jared Bednar said. "I think he looks quick, he is in really good shape. He has done a lot of hard work since he's been out and I'm excited to have a guy like him available again, adds some skill and some speed to our lineup."

Semyon Varlamov, who was sensational in making 41 saves against the Rangers, will get the night off Thursday and Philipp Grubauer makes his second start of the season in goal.

Last season, the Devils won both games with the Avalanche, outscoring them by a combined 6-2. Butcher had three assists in the season series against the team that originally drafted him.

Last Updated: 7/21/2019 4:09:12 PM EST

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