Senators vs Avalanche Prediction - NHL Picks 12/21/23

Colorado Avalanche (19-11-2) vs Ottawa Senators (11-16)

Game Info: Thursday, December 21, 2023 at 9:00 pm (Ball Arena)

Betting Odds: Colorado Avalanche -200 / Ottawa Senators +164 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

Where to Watch: ESPN+ Stream live sports and exclusive originals on ESPN+. Sign up now! Advertisement

The Ottawa Senators will play the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday night at Ball Arena in Denver, Colorado. Ottawa has lost five games in a row, while Colorado has dropped two of their last three. Let’s take a look at the betting matchup and the Senators vs Avalanche prediction.

Senators Preview

The Ottawa Senators are 11-16-0 this season after they lost to Arizona by a score of 4-3 in their last game. Ottawa led 3-0 in the second period, but allowed Arizona to score four unanswered goals for the win. The Senators were out shot by a total of 38-20 and went 1-2 on the power play in the game. Ottawa has also lost to Vegas, Dallas, St. Louis, and Carolina during this losing streak. The Senators are scoring 3.33 goals per game and they are allowing 3.44 goals against per game, while going 18.3% on the power play and 73% on the penalty kill. Tim Stutzle has led Ottawa with six goals, 24 assists, and 81 shots on goal. The projected starting goalie for Ottawa is Joonas Korpisalo, who is 6-10-0 this year with a 3.54 goals against average and a .892 save percentage. 

Avalanche Preview

The Colorado Avalanche are 19-11-2 this year after they lost to Chicago by a score of 3-2 in their last game. Colorado led 2-1 in the first period, but they couldn’t find the back of the net in the second or third period for the loss. The Avalanche out shot Chicago by a total of 37-22 and went 2-3 on the power play in the game. Colorado defeated San Jose by a score of 6-2 in the game prior to Chicago, but did lose to Winnipeg before that. The Avalanche are scoring 3.56 goals per game and they are allowing 3.06 goals against per game, while going 21.7% on the power play and 83.8% on the penalty kill. Nathan MacKinnon has led Colorado with 14 goals, 34 assists, and 140 shots on goal. The projected starting goalie for Colorado is Alexandar Georgiev, who is 15-8-1 this season with a 2.97 goals against average and a .897 save percentage. 

Colorado Avalanche Team Facts

  • The Avalanche have won each of their last five home games following a road loss.
  • The home team has covered the puck line in each of the last five games between the Senators and Avalanche.
  • The Avalanche have won the third period in seven of their last eight games against the Senators at Ball Arena.
  • The 'Over 1.5 Goals Period 1' market has hit in each of the Avalanche's last five games as favorites.

Ottawa Senators Team Facts

  • The Senators have lost each of their last five games.
  • The Senators have failed to cover the puck line in each of their last four games at Ball Arena.
  • The favorites have won the third period in seven of the Senators' last eight games at Ball Arena.
  • The 'Over 1.5 Goals Period 2' market has hit in each of the Senators' last 15 Thursday games.

Colorado Avalanche Player Prop Facts

  • Mikko Rantanen has scored at least one goal in each of the Avalanche's last four games against the Senators at Ball Arena.
  • Nathan MacKinnon has recorded at least one assist in each of his last eight appearances with his team as a favorite against the Senators.
  • Cale Makar has recorded at least one point in 11 of the Avalanche's last 12 games as favorites against Atlantic Division opponents.
  • Nathan MacKinnon ranks T1st in the league for multi-point games (16) this season.

Ottawa Senators Player Prop Facts

  • Joshua Norris has scored a goal in four of his last five appearances with the Senators as underdogs against Central Division opponents.
  • Joshua Norris has recorded at least one point in 10 of his last 11 appearances with the Senators as underdogs against Central Division opponents.
  • Claude Giroux has recorded an assist in five of the Senators' last six games as underdogs.
  • Jake Sanderson recorded an equal-career-high two points in his last game against the Avalanche.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Colorado Avalanche rank 1st in the league for Period 3 goals scored per game this season (1.38).
  • The Colorado Avalanche rank 5th in the league in penalty minutes this season (364).
  • The Ottawa Senators rank 32nd in the league for Period 2 goals allowed per game this season (1.67).
  • The Ottawa Senators rank 2nd in the league in penalty minutes this season (375).

Senators vs Avalanche Betting Prediction

Ottawa comes into this matchup looking to snap their five game losing streak and they have allowed four goals or more in all five games. Colorado has dropped two of their last three games, but they will be at home, where they are 12-4-0 so far this season. The Avs are 3-0 in their last three home games and they have scored 17 goals in those three games. The Senators are really struggling right now and had a pretty big collapse in Arizona in their last game, but they have scored 10 goals in their last three games. Take the over here. 

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

Mitch's Take...

MLB, NHL Best Bets for Today Picks & Predictions Monday 4/15/24 | 7 Picks in 5 Minutes

18+ Has gambling become a problem for you? Call the National Problem Gambling Hotline.
1-800-522-4700 | ncpgambling.org

Credit Guaranteed Packages

Packages with Credit Guarantees automatically give you a credit if the package does not turn a profit—the sum of betting all individual picks. THESE ARE NOT PARLAYS UNLESS OTHERWISE CLEARLY STATED. If a credit guaranteed package does not profit, a credit for its full purchase price is automatically issued after picks are graded and verified.

For example, if you purchase a $39.95 package that doesn’t profit, you’ll get a $39.95 credit towards any future purchase(s) on our site. Credits are usually issued within hours of a game’s conclusion, so please allow a few hours for final verification.

To use your credits, log in to your account and add another package or pass to your cart. Credits will automatically reduce what you owe. Any remaining balance will be settled through our payment system, with any leftover credits available future purchases. Credits do not expire.

Dismiss