The Panthers and Avalanche are set to face off at 4:00 ET on ESPN+. The Avalanche will host the game at Ball Arena in Denver, CO. The over/under for this game is set at 6.5 goals, and the Avalanche are the home favorites against the Panthers in a non-conference matchup.

FLORIDA PANTHERS VS COLORADO AVALANCHE BETTING PICK

The Pick: Colorado Avalanche -1.5

This game will be played at Ball Arena at 4:00 ET on Saturday, January 6th.

WHY BET THE COLORADO AVALANCHE:

  • With the Avalanche being favored by 1.5, our NHL analytics models has this one playing out 4-3 in favor of the Avalanche.
  • Take the Avalanche on the moneyline
  • On the spread, we like Panthers (+1.5)

Does Florida Have What it Takes to Win as Road Underdogs?

Coming into today's action, the Panthers have rattled off six straight wins which has them sitting with an overall record of 24-12-2. At home, they are 12-5-0 and 12-7-2 on the road. This record has them sitting 2nd in the Eastern Atlantic division and 3rd in the Eastern conference.

In terms of the puck line, Florida are 19-19. When playing on the road against the puck line, they are 12-9, while their overall home performance is 7-10. For the season, the average number of goals per game in matchups featuring Florida is 5.5. The season's average over/under line is currently at 6.4. The Panthers come in with an over/under record of 14-24-0.

Florida has played well in their previous three road games, going 3-0 straight up. In this stretch, they averaged 3 goals per game while allowing 1. The team also performed well vs the puck line at 2-1.

The Panthers come into the game scoring an average of 3 goals per game, putting them 20th in the NHL. Regarding shots targeted at the goal per game, they are 2nd in the league. In terms of the Panthers' offense during power plays, they are 14th in power play goals and 25th in shorthanded goals.

Florida will be looking for a good game from Sam Reinhart who leads the team in scoring with 25 goals, ranking 3rd in the NHL. Along with his scoring, he has come up with 22 assists so far.

Defensively, the Avalanche are currently 23rd in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 28.6 shots per game against Colorado. They also are 23rd in shutouts, coming in with 1 shutouts.

Goalie Sergei Bobrovsky comes into the game having made 29 starts this season. So far, his record is 19-9 and he has a save percentage of 0.9411764705882353%.

Will the Avalanche Win at Home?

In their 39 games, the Avalanche have a 25-11-3 record this season. While playing at their home arena, they have a 16-4-0 record, and their record on the road is 9-7-3. In the Western Central division, they are currently 2nd, and in the Western conference, they come into the game sitting 2nd.

Analyzing their performance against the puck line, Colorado has a 19-20 record. On the road they are 6-13 against the puck line, while their overall home performance is13-7. Games involving Colorado have an average of 6.7 goals per game this season. Their average over/under line is 6.3. In terms of their over/under performance, the Avalanche come in with a record of 21-16-2.

Across the Avalanche last three home games, the team averaged 3 goals per game while allowing 3. Their record vs the puck line in these contests was 1-2, while going 2-1 straight-up.

For their offensive performance, the Avalanche come in averaging 3.7 goals per game this season, which is 1st in the NHL. In the category of shots on goal per game, they are 5th in the league. The Colorado offense is ranked 3rd in power play goals. As for shorthanded goals, they find themselves at 7th in the NHL.

Colorado's leading scorer is Nathan MacKinnon. So far, he has 22 goals which is 8th in the NHL. In addition to his goal scoring, MacKinnon has 42 assists this season.

Defensively, the Avalanche are currently 23rd in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 28.6 shots per game against Colorado. They also are 23rd in shutouts, coming in with 1 shutouts.

Goalie Alexandar Georgiev comes into the game having made 32 starts this season. So far, his record is 21-8 and he has a save percentage of 0.9901960784313726%.