Colorado Avalanche vs. Florida Panthers Matchup Preview

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Mikko Rantanen, Nathan MacKinnon, and the Colorado Avalanche will face off against Jonathan Huberdeau, Evgenii Dadonov, and the Florida Panthers at the BB&T Center for an East-West tilt. The game will get started at 7 p.m. ET on Thursday, December 6, and fans at home can watch the game live on Altitude Sports & Entertainment.

Colorado Avalanche vs. Florida Panthers Odds

The Panthers (-130) are tabbed as the favorites over the Avalanche (+110) and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at an even 6 goals (-125 for the over, +105 for the under).

Colorado is 16-12 straight up (SU) and has earned moneyline bettors 2.9 units this season. 14 of its contests have gone over the total, while another 14 have gone under and none have pushed. The Avs are 10-7 SU as the away team in 2018-19.

Colorado enters the match up with the first-strongest power-play unit in the NHL, as it’s found the net on 32.2 percent of its extra-man advantages this season. Its penalty kill is ranked 12th overall, and the team’s successfully killed off 80.4 percent of its penalties..

Boasting a .923 save percentage and 29.2 saves per game, Semyon Varlamov (10-9-3) has been the primary option in goal for Colorado this season. If Colorado decides to rest him, however, the team might turn to Philipp Grubauer (6-3-2 record, .904 save percentage, 3.06 goals against average).

On the other side of the rink, Florida is 11-15 straight up (SU) and has lost 8.3 units for moneyline bettors this year. 12 of its games have gone over the total, while another 12 have gone under and just two have pushed. This year, the team is 6-7 SU as the home team.

The Panthers have converted on 27.2 percent of their power play chances this year, a figure that places it in the top-10 among NHL teams. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 26th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 75.9 percent of all penalties.

James Reimer has stopped 23.6 shots per game as the top choice in goal for the Panthers. Reimer has six wins, 11 losses, and three overtime losses to his credit and has recorded a poor .893 save percentage and 3.36 goals against average this season.

Colorado Avalanche at Florida Panthers Betting Predictions

Free NHL Pick: SU Winner \u2013 Panthers, O/U \u2013 Under

Betting Trends

  • For both of these teams, the under has hit in three of their past five matchups.
  • Florida’s attempted 36.2 shots per game overall this season (the second-most in the NHL), and 38.4 in their last five home games.
  • Over Colorado’s last ten games, five of them have been decided by two or more goals (the team is 4-1 in those games).
  • Colorado skaters notched 20.4 hits per game last season, while the Panthers accounted for 20.2 hits per contest.