Ducks vs Avalanche: Betting Odds, Projected Lineups, First Test For Eakin

DENVER, CO - MARCH 15: Ryan Getzlaf #15 of the Anaheim Ducks celebrates a goal against the Colorado Avalanche with teammate Cam Fowler #4 at the Pepsi Center on March 15, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Michael Martin/NHLI via Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - MARCH 15: Ryan Getzlaf #15 of the Anaheim Ducks celebrates a goal against the Colorado Avalanche with teammate Cam Fowler #4 at the Pepsi Center on March 15, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Michael Martin/NHLI via Getty Images) /
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The Colorado Avalanche have been a tough team to beat this season. With two losses on their road trip, the Anaheim Ducks are hoping to snap their cold streak against one of the best teams in the league.

It has been an interesting week for the Anaheim Ducks. After a strong start to their season, they’ve fallen back down to earth and gone cold over the past three games. The team hasn’t necessarily played bad hockey, but they’ve struggled to create offense, resulting in only one goal in each of their last three contests against the Calgary Flames, Nashville Predators, and Dallas Stars.

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To add insult to injury, literally, the Ducks have suffered a string of injuries that could prove difficult to overcome. Both Josh Manson and Ondrej Kase left the game in the first period against Dallas on Thursday, neither one returning. Reports are that they will miss the final two games on the road trip. More news should be readily available once the Ducks return home after facing the Vegas Golden Knights on Sunday.

To solve the issues on the blueline in Josh Manson‘s absence, Bob Murray has made an interesting trade. Prior to Manson’s injury, he was looking to add depth to the defensive core, and he did so in the form of Erik Gudbranson. According to Elliott Teaford, he will be slotting in alongside Hampus Lindholm this evening.

Dallas Eakins has done a great job turning this team around. We don’t expect perfection, but the vast improvement has been a welcomed change. Tonight, however, his coaching skills will truly be put to the test for the first time this season. Will he prove to be a problem solver or will his team fold under the pressure?

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Game 12: Anaheim Ducks vs Colorado Avalanche

Season Record: 6-5-0

Location: Pepsi Center— Denver, Colorado

Time: 6:00pm PST

TV: KCOP-TV

Radio: AM830

Anaheim Ducks News: The Anaheim Ducks have traded Andreas Martinsen and their 7th round pick in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft to the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for the veteran defenseman, Erik Gudbranson.

Anaheim Ducks Betting Odds & Lines

Thanks to the information from our friends at The Action Network, the Colorado Avalanche are -155 on the Moneyline. Despite playing their second game of a back-to-back, and starting their backup goaltender, the Av’s have been hot this season. The pieces they’ve brought in over the past few years have given them a recipe for success.

The Anaheim Ducks have struggled to generate offense in their last three games, scoring only three goals. The Avalanche have the offensive upside going into tonight’s game, scoring almost twice as many goals as the Ducks over the season in one less game. The fact that the Av’s early success has been proven night in and night out over their last 10 games makes them the early favorites for their matchup against this struggling Ducks team.

Anaheim Ducks Projected Lineup

Courtesy of Eric Stephens of The Athletic, this is the Anaheim Ducks potential lineup against the Colorado Avalanche tonight:

"Rickard Rakell–Adam Henrique–Jakob SilfverbergNick Ritchie–Ryan Getzlaf–Max ComtoisMax Jones–Sam Steel–Troy TerryDevin Shore–Derek Grant–Carter Rowney Hampus Lindholm-Erik GudbransonBrendan Guhle–Cam FowlerJacob Larsson–Korbinian Holzer Starting Goaltender: Ryan MillerBackup Goaltender: John Gibson Healthy Scratches: Nicolas Deslauriers, Michael Del ZottoInjuries: Ryan Kesler (LTIR), Josh Manson (Lower Body), Ondrej Kase (Upper Body)"

Colorado Avalanche Projected Lineup

Per NHL.com, below is the projected lineup for the Colorado Avalanche:

"Gabriel Landeskog–Nathan MacKinnon–J.T. CompherAndre Burakovsky–Nazem Kadri–Joonas DonskoiColin Wilson–Tyson Jost–Valeri NichushkinMatt Nieto–Pierre-Edouard Bellemare–Matt Calvert Samuel Girard–Erik JohnsonIan Cole–Cale MakarRyan Graves–Nikita Zadorov Starting Goaltender: Pavel FrancouzBackup Goaltender: Philipp Grubauer Healthy Scratches: Mark Barberio, Vladislav KamenevInjured: Mikko Rantanen (Lower Body)"

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