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Picks, predictions for Blackhawks vs. Avalanche on Wednesday

We go over the odds on DraftKings Sportsbook and give our picks for Chicago vs. Colorado in the 2022-23 NHL season.

Nathan MacKinnon of the Colorado Avalanche advance the puck against the Dallas Stars in the second period during a preseason game at Ball Arena on October 05, 2022 in Denver, Colorado. Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

The Chicago Blackhawks take on the defending champion Colorado Avalanche to open the season. The Avalanche will hold their banner-raising ceremony prior to puck drop at 9:30 p.m. ET from Pepsi Center in Denver. Below we’ll take a look at the odds and lines on DraftKings Sportsbook and make some picks.

Blackhawks vs. Avalanche picks

Moneyline odds

CHI: +340
COL: -425

Do we take the Blackhawks simply because of the line? To be +340 on the ML in a regular season hockey game seems a little nuts. The Avalanche also aren’t exactly the same team as the Cup run. Nazem Kadri isn’t around and there are some question marks at second-line center. Alexandar Georgiev also looked bad in net during preseason. Is that enough to put any money on the Blackhawks to win this game straight up? Perhaps. I think the easier route is taking the Avs -1.5 at -155 on DKSB. Even the goal total as of this writing is very low, but we’ll get to that. If you’re going to back Colorado, take the puck line. If you’re feeling frisky, the Hawks at +340.

Pick: Avalanche -1.5 (-155)

Goal Total

Over/Under: 6.5

This line should go up you’d think throughout the day Wednesday. Last season we saw the increase in goal scoring and the Blackhawks shouldn’t be very good defensively still. The Avalanche offense will still be potent, particularly the power play with Nathan MacKinnon, Gabriel Landeskog, Mikko Rantanen and Cale Makar. I mean, the Avalanche could get us to the over by themselves in this matchup. Look at what the books think of the Hawks on the ML. That tells us all we need to know. Gimme the over.

Pick: Over 6.5 (-115)