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Flyers face Colorado Avalanche: NHL odds preview and stats

Philadelphia Flyers

Colorado Avalanche
20-16-4 January 02, 2014, 09:00 PM | Pepsi Center 24-11-4

The Philadelphia Flyers will look to grab a road win when they take on the Avalanche in Colorado at Pepsi Center on Thursday in hockey odds action.

This season the Avalanche are 24-11-4 overall while the Flyers are 20-16-4. As for the totals, Colorado is 17-20-2 on the OU, and Philadelphia is 17-18-5.

View Philadelphia Flyers vs Colorado Avalanche Odds and Stats.

Sportsbooks such as Bovada had the Avalanche as -136 Favorite earlier today. The over under opened at 5.5 at 5Dimes for bettors hoping to turn a profit on totals.

The NHL Power Rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Avalanche rated this week at No. 28 and the Flyers sitting at No. 7.

Last time out for Philadelphia, they were a 4-1 winner as they battled the Flames on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Flyers at +100 were rewarded, while the 5 combined goals moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.

The Avalanche were a 5-3 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Blue Jackets. That made winners of bettors who got Colorado at -148 on the moneyline, while the total score (8) was good news for OVER bettors.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Colorado's No. 10-ranked offense, averaging 2.92 goals per game, against a Flyers defense that ranks No. 15 at 2.78 goals allowed. The Avalanche power play is averaging 18.26% while the Flyers defense kills off 83.33% of their penalties.

Next up:
Philadelphia at Winnipeg, Saturday, January 4th
Colorado home to San Jose, Saturday, January 4th