There are several reasons for this pick. First of all, Colorado Avalanche have some problems with goaltenders. Craig Anderson has a problem with groin injury and he will not play before the match against Carolina, next Friday. Experienced Peter Budaj is not the best solution for Avalanche because of his weak performance this season - GAA 2.92 Sv% .899. A few days ago, instead of Anderson, Avalanche called Jason Bacashihua from the Lake Erie Monsters of the American Hockey League, with 2.27 goals-against average and a .911 save percentage in this season. On the other side, in team of Atlanta, Onderei Pavelec with GAA 1.62 and Sv% .949. Pavelec, Thrashers defenseman Dustin Byfuglien and Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby have been named the NHL's 'Three Stars' for the week ending November 28. It speaks enough about his shape and importance for Avalanche's team. Colorado also have several problems with injuries. Tonight they will be without injured defenders Stewart, Cumiskey, Quincey and forwards Peter Mueller, TJ Galiardi and David Van der Gulik. Also, forward Koci and defender Foote are questionable, while forward Winnik could play tonight. For Atlanta, only forward Freddy Modin is injured. Both teams had a lot of shots on goal, an average of over 31, and I think defense of Colorado is more sensitive than Trashers' and they will likely to allow more than two goals.
I must admit that my first idea was over 2.5 goals of Colorado, but I changed my mind because of the occasion with the goalkeepers.
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