With a 5-0 shutout against Boston under their belt from their previous game, the Florida Panthers (7th in Atlantic Division) continue their homestand with a clash versus the Colorado Avalanche (2nd in Central), who have dropped two of their last three decisions…
Avs End 11-Game Point Streak
The Colorado Avalanche (16-7-5) went 1-1-0 on their current four-date road trek after being beaten with a count of 6-3 by the Pittsburgh Penguins at PPG Paints Arena on Tuesday. Tyson Barrie (4 goals, 21 points this year), Carl Soderberg (9 goals, 19 points) and Matt Nieto (3 goals, 8 points) all lit the lamp for the Avs, who have now gone 1-1-1 in their past tree fixtures after winning the previous six outings in a row. The defeat also ended Colorado’s point run at 11 contests (9-0-2). The team is 10-5-2 on the road and currently enjoys the 2nd place of the Central Division with 37 points from 28 games.
— Colorado Avalanche (@Avalanche) December 5, 2018
Goalie Semyon Varlamov, who made 26 saves in Pittsburgh, has now gone 10-6-3 for the ongoing campaign with a 2.43 GAA and a .923 save percentage. He has recorded a 7-3-0 past tally versus Florida with a 2.60 GAA and a .922 save percentage, while Nathan MacKinnon (43 points), who presently leads Colorado with 19 snipes, has bagged three goals and an assist in 10 previous appearances against the Panthers. The Avalanche, meanwhile, are sitting 2nd in most goals scored per game (3.64), 8th in least goals conceded on average (2.79), top of the league in power play (32.2%) and 12th in penalty kill (80.4%).
Cats Leave Bruins High And Dry
The ongoing season-long eight-game homestand of the Florida Panthers (11-10-5) went 3-1-2 after the first six contests following a 5-0 blanking of the Boston Bruins at BB&T Center on Tuesday. Mike Hoffman (14 goals, 26 points) netted twice, Jonathan Huberdeau (7 goals, 31 points) notched a marker and two assists, while Mike Matheson (12 points) and Evgenii Dadonov (27 points) picked up their second and 13th goals of the season respectively, as the Cats have now registered a 6-4-3 home record for the whole season so far. With 27 points from the first 26 outings, they sit 7th in the Atlantic, having still played at least one game less than any other team in the division.
— Florida Panthers (@FlaPanthers) December 5, 2018
Returning from a knee injury, that kept him out for five previous contests, goalie Roberto Luongo made 33 saves for his first shutout of the year and 77th of his NHL career. He is 5-3-0 for the current season with a 2.71 GAA and a .914 save percentage, and has nabbed a 22-17-5 previous total versus Colorado with a 2.59 GAA and a .913 save percentage. Huberdeau, who leads Florida in points, meanwhile, has collected two goals and three assists in seven past encounters with the Avalanche. The Panthers are 10th in most goals scored per game (3.31), 6th in most goals given up on average (3.42), 6th in power play (27.2%) and 24th in penalty kill (75.9%).
- Panthers are 0-4 in their last 4 games following a win.
- Panthers are 2-5 in their last 7 Thursday games.
- Avalanche are 5-0 in their last 5 when their opponent allows 2 goals or less in their previous game.
- Avalanche are 7-1 in their last 8 vs. Atlantic.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
A third-period hat trick in a span of 2:47 by Pittsburgh’s Patric Hornqvist destroyed Colorado’s 11-game points streak (9-0-2), with the Penguins winning 6-3 on Tuesday. But do expect the Avalanche to bounce back in Florida. They have been known to respond immediately after heavy defeats, winning seven of their last 10 matchups played straight after allowing at least five strikes in their previous game. Besides, the Panthers have been too inconsistent lately, going without consecutive victories since their five-game winning run at the start of November. Plus – they have also already lost three of their last five meetings with Colorado in Sunrise.
Prediction: Colorado Avalanche
Full-Game Total Pick
Five of the last seven encounters between the Avs and the Cats in Florida have gone over the total. And there is no reason to believe that this particular contest will not do exactly the same. The Over is 7-1-2 in the very last 10 fixtures of the Panthers against teams from the Central Division, while the Avalanche have kept the things on the high-scoring side in seven of their past 10 travels.
Prediction: Over 6