Colorado Avalanche (29-13-3) vs. Philadelphia Flyers (24-14-6)
Colorado Avalanche vs. Philadelphia Flyers 1/20/24 – As the NHL season heats up, the Colorado Avalanche and Philadelphia Flyers prepare to face off in what promises to be an electrifying matchup. The Avalanche, boasting a strong 29-13-3 record, are set to challenge the Flyers, who have held their own with a 24-14-6 standing. This clash, scheduled for Saturday offers fans and bettors a fascinating encounter filled with potential and excitement. For enthusiasts seeking free hockey analysis, this game, set at the Wells Fargo Center with a 1:00 PM ET puck drop and televised on NHL, is not one to miss.
The Avalanche have proven themselves an offensive powerhouse this season, led by Nathan MacKinnon with 72 points from 23 goals and 49 assists. Mikko Rantanen (58 points) and Cale Makar (52) have added strength to this formidable offensive attack; both have contributed in helping their team find success this year. However, what will determine their success against a Flyers defense which has proven quite reliable throughout this campaign remains to be seen.
Conversely, the Flyers have displayed their own set of offensive talents. Travis Konecny leads with 40 points; his 21 goals and 19 assists represent well-rounded offensive skill. Joel Farabee and Owen Tippett have provided much-needed support with 34 and 27 points respectively; this challenge presents itself to Avalanche defense who must stay at their peak to thwart off these threats from flying opponents.
Colorado Avalanche vs. Philadelphia Flyers 1/20/24 Game Info
|Saturday, January 20, 2024, at 1:00 PM ET
|Wells Fargo Center
Goaltender Alexandar Georgiev vs. Goaltender Carter Hart
Alexandar Georgiev has played 37 games for the Avalanche this season, posting a 24-10-2 record along with a 2.92 goals against average and a .897 save percentage. His GAA is respectable but the save percentage indicates he allows more goals than expected. In fact, Georgiev has given up 105 goals on 907 shots faced. He has made 907 saves out of the 1011 shots taken on his net. Georgiev will need to improve on that number against a Flyers team averaging 3.23 goals per game, 6th best in the NHL. The Flyers also take the 7th most shots per game at 34.8 so Georgiev is sure to be under siege often. If he fails to make the easy stops, Colorado’s poor road defense could lead to plenty of scoring chances and goals for Philadelphia.
Carter Hart has started 25 games for the Flyers, recording a 12-8-3 mark to go along with a 2.67 GAA and a .912 save percentage. Hart has faced 712 total shots this season, allowing 63 goals while making 649 saves. Unlike Georgiev, Hart’s save percentage indicates he stops more pucks than would be expected given the number of shots faced. Still, Hart will be up against the Avalanche offense that ranks 3rd in goals per game at 3.76. Their snipers Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen could give Hart trouble. Also, Colorado takes the 2nd most shots per contest at 36.7. If Hart falters under the high volume of shots, the Flyers defense may struggle to contain the speedy and skilled Avalanche forwards.
NHL Odds/Point Spread: TBD, Total Odds: TBD
The betting odds for this game remain to be determined. However, considering the team’s performances and standing, this game could present closely matched odds. Bettors should keep a keen eye on the trends and updates as the game day approaches.
Colorado Avalanche Betting Trends
The Avalanche have been a bit inconsistent lately with a 3-2 record over their past five contests. However, they have tended to play high-scoring games away from home as evidenced by the over hitting in 14 of their previous 23 road matchups. With questions about Georgiev’s ability to slow down the Flyers offense, this trend points to another potentially high-scoring affair on Saturday.
Philadelphia Flyers Betting Trends
The Flyers are 3-2 over their previous five outings. They have also been excellent at covering the spread at home with a 21-3 record. The over has hit in eight of their last 20 contests at the Wells Fargo Center. This indicates we could be in for an up-tempo, back-and-forth game featuring plenty of goals on Saturday afternoon.
Colorado Avalanche vs. Philadelphia Flyers 1/20/24 Betting Picks
In conclusion, this matchup presents a tantalizing prospect for sports fans and bettors alike. The Avalanche’s offensive strength matched against the Flyers’ defensive resilience sets the stage for an intriguing battle.
From a sports handicapping perspective, the Flyers, with their strong record against the spread, especially in road games, might have a slight edge. However, the Avalanche’s offensive firepower cannot be underestimated. Prop bets focusing on individual player performances, particularly those of MacKinnon and Konecny, could offer value. The over/under should be approached with caution, given the contrasting trends of both teams in recent games.
Free Pick and Prediction: Colorado Avalanche 3, Philadelphia Flyers 2