Free NHL Hockey Prediction: Avalanche vs. Panthers NHL Odds
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(5-0-1 Colorado Avalanche vs. Florida Panthers (2-2-2)
Date: Friday, October 18th
Time: 7:00 PM ET
Venue: BB&T Center, Sunrise FL
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: Avalanche +105, Panthers -130
NHL Hockey Puck Line Odds: Panthers -1.5
NHL Betting Total: 6.5
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The Avalanche look like early season Stanley Cup front runners as they’ve started the 2019/20 season with a 5-0-1 record. Nonetheless, Colorado is an underdog at Florida on Friday night.
The Panthers have had a decent first couple weeks of the season with a 2-2-2 record. Unfortunately, they need every win they can to keep up with the likes of Buffalo (5-1-1) and Boston (5-1-0) in the Atlantic.
Colorado is one of the top 4 favorites to win the Stanley Cup in 2020 after racing out of the gates at 5-0-1. The Avalanche (+800) are behind just Tampa Bay (+750), Toronto (+750), and Vegas (+800).
The Avalanche sit at first in the Central, 3 points ahead of Nashville. They’ve built that early lead thanks in part to the league’s #4 scoring offense. Colorado has scored at least 4 goals in 4 of their 6 games this year.
Jared Bednar has some bona fide studs on the offensive end of the ice led by Mikko Rantanen who has 10 points in 6 games. Nathan Mackinnon (3 goals, 6 assists) and Gabriel Landeskog (2 goals, 4 assists) make up arguably the best top line in the league.
The reason Colorado is such a tempting Stanley Cup futures pick is because they are not just a one sided team that relies on their offense to win games 6-4. The Avs defense has held their own as well.
Colorado does have a problem point in that they allow a lot of SOG (33.7 per game). As a testament to their goaltending though, the Avs are a top 10 team in goals against (2.5 per).
Does Florida have the offensive firepower to stick with Colorado in this one? The Panthers have been held to 2 goals or less in 3 of their 6 contests this season.
The Panthers are back home Friday after a 3-game road swing in which they went 1-0-2. The Panthers do have a win over Tampa Bay at the BB&T Center on the season.
There are a couple reasons to actually like Florida in this one. They are back home and they are favored when it really doesn’t seem like they should be.
Colorado also comes into Friday night’s game in a “look-ahead-sandwich-game.” The Avs lost 2-3 at Pittsburgh on Wednesday, and travel to Tampa Bay in leg two of a back-to-back on Saturday night. Florida may be a snake in the grass in this one.
NHL Betting Trends:
- Avalanche are 38-80 last 118 road games
- Panthers are 2-6 last 8 overall
- Road team is 4-1 last 5 H2H meetings
Free Florida Panthers vs. Colorado Avalanche NHL Prediction:
Any Joe Public can walk to the ticket window and take Colorado in this one. It takes some guts to side with Florida, but they are back at home and with 2 full days rest while the Avs are looking forward to Saturday’s game with Tampa.
4* Free NHL Betting Pick: Panthers -130
Florida shouldn’t be favored – but that’s a good thing.
NHL Free Prediction: Panthers 4 – Avalanche 2
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