One was expected to reside among the National Hockey League’s elite. The other was…well, not.
And yet, when the Colorado Avalanche play host to the Philadelphia Flyers Saturday at Ball Arena, it will be a matchup between the Central Division leaders and the second place team in the Metropolitan. NHL odds tonight reflect such.
Colorado enters tied with Florida for the fourth-most points in the NHL with 34, while Philadelphia’s 30 points is tied for seventh with Toronto.
Simply, it should make for fascinating decision-making when it comes to making hockey picks tonight. Because these are teams residing on different plains.
Flyers vs Avalanche Best Bets
Coming into the game, the Avalanche are a -210 moneyline favorite and, as such, should be viewed among the NHL best bets .
Colorado is tied with Tampa Bay for the third-most goals scored with 91, and the Avalanche’s 3.50 goals per game average ranks fifth. Which should not be a surprise for a team built around offensive talents Nathan MacKinnon, Cale Makar, Mikko Rantanen, and Valeri Nichushkin.
Rantanen and MacKinnon lead the Avalanche with 12 goals and 36 points, respectively. And all four have more than 20 points this season.
Unlike their 2022 Stanley Cup-winning team, Colorado has quality goaltending and strong structure in the defensive and neutral zones. The Avalanche’s 2.92 goals per game average ranks 11th in the NHL, and their 76 goals allowed is 13th in the NHL.
In short, they are good. Really good.
Which should not be a surprise since the Avalanche were viewed among the Western Conference’s contenders prior to the start of the season.
Flyers Showing Life
What is surprising has been the play of the Flyers in 2023-24.
Expected to contend for the first overall pick in the NHL Draft Lottery, the Flyers have won three straight and 6 of10. Their 14-10-2 record and 30 points is second-best in the Metropolitan Division.
Why have the Flyers been successful?
“Every game, every team, all year long, you’re never perfect,” head coach John Tortorella told reporters Monday at Wells Fargo Center after the morning skate, ahead of the Flyers’ 2-1 overtime win over the Penguins according to NBCSportsPhiladelphia.com’s Jordan Hall “There are mistakes, there’s bad luck, whatever comes, you’ve just got to try to overcome it. I like our room. I think that’s where our biggest improvement so far this year has been, our locker room and how they handle some of the things that go on.”
NHL Pick: Colorado Avalanche -210
Flyers vs Avalanche Game Information
- Game: Flyers (14-10-2) vs Avalanche (16-8-2).
- Location: Ball Arena, Denver, Colorado
- Day/Time: Saturday, Dec. 9, 9 p.m. ET
- Flyers vs Avalanche Live Stream: NHL.TV
Flyers vs Avalanche Betting Lines
Questions of the Day
Which team has the better goaltending in this matchup?
Philadelphia ranks ninth in the NHL with a 2.73 goals against per game. The Avalanche are at 2.92 goals-allowed per game. This is a tossup.
Which team has the better chance of covering the spread in this matchup?
Philadelphia and Colorado are two of the league’s better teams when it comes to preventing goals so take the Avalanche and the under.