The Calgary Flames, led by Matthew Tkachuk and Sean Monahan, are set to take the ice against Nathan MacKinnon, Cale Makar, and the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center in a Western Conference tilt. The match gets started at 9 p.m. ET on Monday, December 9, and it can be watched live on Altitude Sports & Entertainment.
Calgary Flames vs. Colorado Avalanche Odds
Netting 9.9 units for moneyline bettors, Colorado is 19-10 straight up (SU) overall this year. That winning percentage, ranked fourth in the NHL in this young season, is a welcome improvement over the 38-44 record from last year’s regular season campaign. Of its 29 games this season, 14 have gone over the total, while 13 have gone under and just two have pushed. The team’s 8-4 SU at home this year.
The Avalanche have converted on 19.1 percent of their power play opportunities this year, a mark that’s right around league average. On the other hand, their penalty kill is ranked 22nd overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 76.8 percent of all penalties.
Averaging 27.3 saves per game with a .914 save percentage, Philipp Grubauer (11-7-2) has been the primary option in goal for the Avs this season. If Colorado decides to give him a breather, however, it might turn to Pavel Francouz (8-3-3 record, .931 save percentage, 2.24 goals against average).
Calgary has lost 4.0 units for bettors taking the moneyline this year and is currently 15-16 straight up (SU). A total of 19 of its games have gone under the total, while 10 have gone over and just two have pushed. As the road team this season, the Flames are 6-11 SU.
The Flames have converted on 17.5 percent of their power play chances this year, a mark that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 11th overall and it’s successfully killed off 84.1 percent of all opponent power plays.
David Rittich (2.69 goals against average and .914 save percentage) has been the primary option in goal for Calgary. Rittich is averaging 29.0 saves per game and owns a 13-11-4 record.
Calgary Flames vs. Colorado Avalanche Free Picks
NHL Prediction: SU Winner – Avalanche, O/U – Under
For both of these teams, the under has hit in three of their past five matches.
Calgary has managed 32.8 shot attempts per game over its last five road games while Colorado is averaging 39.4 shots per game over its last five at home.
Over Calgary’s last ten games, four of them have been decided by two or more goals (the team is 1-3 in those games).
Calgary skaters notched 16.3 hits per game last season, while the Avalanche logged 21.9 hits per contest.