The Florida Panthers, led by Jonathan Huberdeau and Aleksander Barkov, are set to take the ice against Nathan MacKinnon, Mikko Rantanen, and the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center in an East-West showdown. Altitude Sports & Entertainment will broadcast the game, and the action gets underway at 10 p.m. ET on Wednesday, October 30.
Florida Panthers at Colorado Avalanche Odds
The Avalanche (-135) are currently favored over the Panthers (+115) and oddsmakers have set the Over/Under (O/U) at 7 goals (-105 for the over, -115 for the under).
Colorado is 8-3 straight-up (SU) and has earned moneyline bettors 5.8 units this year. That win percentage, second-best in the NHL so far this season, is a welcomed improvement compared to what the team managed during the 2018-19 season (38-44). Of the team’s 11 games this season, seven have gone over the total, while three have gone under and just one has pushed. This season, the team is 4-1 SU at home.
The Avalanche have converted on 22.7 percent of their power play opportunities this season, a mark that’s right around league average. On the other hand, their penalty kill is ranked 18th overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 80.0 percent of all penalties.
Averaging 30.0 saves per game with a .920 save percentage, Philipp Grubauer (6-2-1) has been the top goalkeeper for Colorado this season. If head coach Jared Bednar chooses to rest him, however, Colorado may roll with Pavel Francouz (2-1-1 record, .926 save percentage, 2.63 goals against average).
On the other hand, Florida is 5-7 straight up (SU) and has lost 2.4 units for moneyline bettors this year. A total of eight of its outings have gone over the total, while three have gone under the total and just one has pushed. As a road team, the Panthers are 3-5 SU so far.
The Panthers have converted on 20.0 percent of their power play chances this year, a figure that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked ninth overall and it’s successfully killed off 84.4 percent of all opponent power plays.
Sergei Bobrovsky (22.0 saves per game) has been the main choice in the net for Florida. Bobrovsky has four wins, six losses, and three overtime losses to his credit, and has registered a .870 save percentage and 3.79 goals against average this year.
Florida Panthers at Colorado Avalanche Free Picks
Pick: SU Winner – Avalanche, O/U – Over
- After earning a 3-7 record in games decided by a shootout last year, the Panthers are off to a 1-3 start in shootouts this season. The Avalanche were 2-2 in shootouts last year and has yet to participate in one this time around.
- For both of these clubs, the game went over the total in four of their past five outings.
- Florida has managed 29.0 shot attempts per game over its last five road games while Colorado is averaging 33.8 shots per game over its last five at home.
- Florida skaters notched 23.2 hits per game last season, while the Avalanche forced 21.9 hits per matchup.