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Colorado Avalanche right wing Mikko Rantanen. (Photo by Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire)
March 23rd, 2022
The Colorado Avalanche’s quest for the President’s Trophy continues on Wednesday night when they host the Vancouver Canucks at Ball Arena.
The Avs have won four in a row, and are 6-3-1 in March. They’re a significant favorite over the Canucks, who have lost five of their last six overall, and are slowly but surely sinking out of the playoff picture.
We scoured the player props market for this matchup and came up with our top three selections, which we present below.
Quinn Hughes is one of the few Vancouver skaters who can claim to have been a reliable producer of points all season long. He should add his name to the scoresheet before this matchup is through.
Most single season assists by a defenceman in @Canucks franchise history:55- Dennis Kearns (1976-77)51- Doug Lidster (1986-87)50- Paul Reinhart ('88-89)46- Quinn Hughes (2021-22 via a helper on his team's 2-2 goal vs the Sabres tonight)46- Kearns ('75-76)45- Hughes ('19-20) pic.twitter.com/cvlc2mxjm0— StatsCentre (@StatsCentre) March 21, 2022
Most single season assists by a defenceman in @Canucks franchise history:55- Dennis Kearns (1976-77)51- Doug Lidster (1986-87)50- Paul Reinhart ('88-89)46- Quinn Hughes (2021-22 via a helper on his team's 2-2 goal vs the Sabres tonight)46- Kearns ('75-76)45- Hughes ('19-20) pic.twitter.com/cvlc2mxjm0
Hughes has scored at least one point in seven of his first nine games this month. Five of those 10 tallies have come on the power play, and if Colorado has one weakness, it’s the penalty kill. The Avalanche are a mediocre 17th in penalty kill percentage (81.8%) this season.
Nathan MacKinnon has had a deft scoring touch for the Avs since the calendar flipped to February. His goal-scoring run should continue on Wednesday night.
Nathan MacKinnon doing Nathan MacKinnon things. 🤯 pic.twitter.com/BM3WLo5kFJ— NHL (@NHL) March 2, 2022
Nathan MacKinnon doing Nathan MacKinnon things. 🤯 pic.twitter.com/BM3WLo5kFJ
MacKinnon has 13 goals over his last 16 games, failing to score on only five occasions. In one of those games, he uncharacteristically took zero shots on goal, instead dishing out three assists in a 5-3 win over the Sharks on Friday night.
Assuming he’s not out to play “decoy” in this one, MacKinnon should do what he does best; shoot and score. He leads Colorado in shots (231) despite missing 15 games this year, and takes on a Vancouver defense that allows 31.8 shots per game, 19th in the league.
Mikko Rantanen has been on a incredible tear for the Avalanche, and bettors should expect it to continue in this spot.
Finnish beauty legend!!#GoAvsGo pic.twitter.com/jjSSW0lNlu— Colorado Avalanche (@Avalanche) March 22, 2022
Finnish beauty legend!!#GoAvsGo pic.twitter.com/jjSSW0lNlu
Rantanen has scored exactly two points in four consecutive games. He’s reached that mark five times in the month of March, and has multiple points in eight of his last 18 home games.
Rantanen has been particularly effective on the power play, notching 29 of his 75 points this season on the man advantage. He should be able to exploit the Canucks’ league-worst penalty-killing unit (73.6%) here.
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