Flyers vs Avalanche Prediction - NHL Picks 12/9/23

Colorado Avalanche (16-8-2) vs Philadelphia Flyers (14-10-2)

Game Info: Saturday, December 9, 2023 at 9:00 pm (Ball Arena)

Betting Odds: Colorado Avalanche -210 / Philadelphia Flyers +172 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Philadelphia Flyers will play the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday night at Ball Arena in Denver, Colorado. Philadelphia has won three games in a row, while Colorado has lost four of their last five games. Let’s take a look at the betting matchup and the Flyers vs Avalanche prediction. 

Flyers Preview

The Philadelphia Flyers are 14-10-2 this year after they defeated Arizona by a score of 4-1 in their last game. Philadelphia jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first period and they added two more goals the rest of the way for the win. The Flyers recorded 26 shots on goal and went 3-3 on the penalty kill in the game. Philadelphia defeated Pittsburgh twice by scores of 4-3 and 2-1 in the two games prior to Arizona. The Flyers are scoring 2.92 goals per game and they are allowing 2.73 goals against per game, while going 12.2% on the power play and 85.9% on the penalty kill. Travis Konecny has led the Flyers with 14 goals, seven assists, and 78 shots on goal. The projected starting goalie for Philadelphia is Carter Hart, who is 8-6-1 this year with a 2.45 goals against average and a .916 save percentage. 

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Avalanche Preview

The Colorado Avalanche are 16-8-2 this season after they lost to Winnipeg by a score of 4-2 in their last game. Colorado cut the lead to 3-2 at the end of the second period, but couldn’t find the back of the net in the third. The Avalanche out shot Winnipeg by a total of 34-28 and went 0-4 on the power play in the game. Colorado’s only win in their last five games came against Anaheim by a score of 3-2. The Avalanche are scoring 3.50 goals per game and they are allowing 2.92 goals against per game, while going 18.8% on the power play and 85.1% on the penalty kill. Nathan MacKinnon has led Colorado with 10 goals, 26 assists, and 121 shots on goal. The projected starting goalie for Colorado is Alexandar Georgiev, who is 14-7-1 this year with a 2.87 goals against average and a .902 save percentage. 

Colorado Avalanche Team Facts

  • The Avalanche have won nine of their last 10 night games following a home loss.
  • The Avalanche have failed to cover the puck line in each of their last four games as favorites.
  • The 'Over 1.5 Goals Period 2' market has hit in each of the Avalanche's last seven games following a home loss.
  • The Avalanche have won the third period in seven of their last eight night games following a home loss.

Philadelphia Flyers Team Facts

  • The Flyers have lost each of their last four games at Ball Arena.
  • The Flyers have covered the puck line in each of their last four games.
  • The 'Over 1.5 Goals Period 3' market has hit in seven of the Flyers' last eight games at Ball Arena.
  • The favorites have won the first period in four of the Flyers' last five games.

Colorado Avalanche Player Prop Facts

  • Nathan MacKinnon has scored a goal in three of the Avalanche's last four games at Ball Arena.
  • Cale Makar has recorded at least one point in nine of his last 10 appearances in night games at Ball Arena.
  • Nathan MacKinnon has recorded at least one assist in each of the Avalanche's last 11 games at Ball Arena.
  • Cale Makar ranks 1st in the Central Division for Plus/Minus (+16) this season.

Philadelphia Flyers Player Prop Facts

  • Tyson Foerster has scored at least one goal in each of the Flyers' last three games as underdogs.
  • Cam Atkinson has recorded a point in each of his last five appearances at Ball Arena.
  • Ryan Ellis has recorded an assist in five of his last six appearances with his team as an underdog.
  • Travis Sanheim ranks 2nd in the league for time on ice (25:46) this season.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Colorado Avalanche ranks 2nd in the league for Period 3 goals scored per game this season (1.35).
  • The Colorado Avalanche ranks 4th in the league for Period 2 goals scored per game this season (1.27).
  • The Philadelphia Flyers ranks 1st in the league in short handed goals this season (7).
  • The Philadelphia Flyers ranks T1st in the league in short handed goals allowed this season (1).

Flyers vs Avalanche Betting Prediction

The Flyers come into this game with plenty of positive momentum, as they have won three games in a row and they are 8-4-1 on the road this year. Philadelphia has only allowed five goals in their last three games and they are only allowing 2.73 goals against this year. Colorado has struggled in their last five games and they have scored three goals or fewer in all five of those games. Both of these teams have been very solid defensively and I think we are going to see a lower scoring game. Take the under here. 

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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