Money Line: 171.00 Chicago (Away)
The Colorado Avalanche won the West division and the President’s trophy finishing the season with a 39-13-4 record. They lost in the second round of the playoff to Vegas. The top line of Mikko Rantanen, Nathan MacKinnon, and Gabriel Landeskog returns after putting up 70 goals and 183 points. They did lose netminder Philipp Grubauer to the Seattle Kraken, leaving Pavel Francouz and Darcy Kuemper between the pipes.
The Avs are expected to contend for the Cup again this season and as long as their goaltending comes through they have the offense to carry them far. Nathan Mackinnon will be out this game so I expect the offense to struggle to get going. Chicago improved not only their defense but their goaltending. Chicago offense looks to be solid and the addition of a healthy Toews gives them a lift in this one.
Play on Chicago.