The Colorado Avalanche are still looking for another Stanley Cup trophy after four straight postseason appearances. Despite a key move at goaltender, the odds show Colorado as the best overall team in the league. Here’s how to bet on them before their season begins on October 13.
What Happened Last Season?
The two-time Stanley Cup champions have hit a block in the playoffs over the last four seasons. Since the 2018-19 season, they have dropped their second-round series to San Jose, Dallas, and Las Vegas in that order. Two of those series came down to the seventh and final contest.
Despite the most recent postseason disappointment, Colorado was one of the top teams last season. 197 total goals led the entire NHL, and only two other teams gave up fewer goals than 133. The trio of Nathan MacKinnon, Mikko Rantanen, and Gabriel Landeskog each finished with over 50 points. Rantanen led the way with 66 points and 30 total goals.
Player And Coaching Changes Heading Into 2021
Goaltender Philipp Grubauer didn’t resign with Colorado as an unrestricted free agent. Instead, he’ll be joining the Seattle Kraken in their inaugural season. Darcy Kuemper is expected to be the new number one goalie for the Avalanche.
A few notable defenders lost for Colorado are Ryan Graves and Conor Timmins. Graves spent his first three seasons with the Avalanche and was part of the All-Star team during the 2019-20 season. Ryan Murray is a veteran defender that has spent eight seasons in the NHL with most of that time with the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Colorado Avalanche Team Futures
Outright Winner Props
Colorado Avalanche Odds DraftKings BetMGM
Stanley Cup Champions +475 +600
Western Conference Winner +200 +220
Central Division Winner -250 -225
Despite the significant change at goalie, Colorado holds the most favorable odds to win the Central Division, Western Conference, and Stanley Cup outright. This is due to the return of their top players and competition in the division. They are the most favored team to take any division in the league across many sportsbooks.
Minnesota and Dallas have the closest odds of overtaking Colorado in the Central Division. With futures bets, there’s no real benefit to taking the Avalanche at -200 odds or less. It’s better to wait and see how they start the season. Should results be slow early, that number will be more desirable to bet on.
Over/Under 110.5 Team Total Points
For those that like Colorado to win the Western Conference, it would probably make sense to bet over the regular-season point total. However, getting 111 points or more is a rare occurrence. 66 teams in NHL history have achieved this feat. Colorado’s record is 118 points in the 2000-01 season.
Winning at least 50 games is nearly the requirement to achieve this prop. Colorado is capable of achieving this with their top offensive attack returning in full force. But the question of how good Kuemper will be between the pipes is what makes this a slight hesitation. DraftKings offering +115 odds on the under is also attractive.
Colorado Avalanche Player Futures
- Nathan MacKinnon (+1700)
- Mikko Rantanen (+2200)
- Gabriel Landeskog (+4000)
- Andre Burakovsky (+5000)
- Brandon Saad (+10000)
What makes this prop difficult for Colorado players is the amount of sharing that will take place on offense. MacKinnon, Rantanen, and Landeskog have plenty of chemistry with all the years they’ve spent with the franchise. Despite a slight dropoff of goals last season (with a shortened season and dealing with injury), MacKinnon still ranks as the favorite.
It’s probably best to avoid putting much money on any of these choices. If a pick had to be done, MacKinnon is the recommendation as he’s had 35 or more goals in three consecutive seasons prior to just 20 goals last year.
As for longshots, Brandon Saad is interesting at this price point. He has scored 20 or more goals in five seasons, and his career high is 31 goals during the 2015-16 season with Columbus. On its surface, Saad doesn’t get enough ice time to really contend for this title. But if he sees any extended time increases, he’s definitely able to score.
Sports Betting Recommendations
- Western Conference Winner (+220, BetMGM)
- Under 110.5 team total points (+115, DraftKings)
The conference winner at +220 odds at BetMGM is the best outright winner prop. At a price that triples the bettor’s money, Colorado is reliable to bet on in the regular season. Until they can finally show more success at the postseason level, avoid taking them as Stanley Cup champions.
Another prop worth taking is the under for team total points at DraftKings. There’s a chance Colorado runs away with the division and wins the Western Conference. However, there’s some pretty good competition in the other division with Las Vegas, Edmonton, and the newly-formed Seattle team looking to make some noise. Playing these teams could lower that point total.