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#40 Colorado Avalanche -130
Monday, December 9, 2019 at 9:05pm EST
Pepsi Center, Denver
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Calgary Flames vs. Colorado Avalanche

Where: Pepsi Center

When: Monday, December 9, 2019, 9:00 pm ET

We have a Western Conference matchup to consider for Monday evening when the Calgary Flames meet the Colorado Avalanche for game three of its three-game season series. Calgary is 15-12-4 this season and enters this matchup, hoping to continue a four-game winning streak. Colorado has won both games of this series and is riding a six-game winning streak.

Flames Four Game Winning Streak

Calgary is on a roll and has defeated Buffalo twice, Ottawa, and the Los Angeles Kings and are up against a hockey team as hot as they currently are. They’ve outscored their opponents 16-12 over the last five games, and things seem to be going much better since Bill Peters resigned. Matthew Tkachuk leads the Flames with 25 points, Elias Lindholm has a team-high 14 goals including five power-play tallies, and Johnny Gaudreau leads Calgary with 17 assists this season.

The Flames power-play unit is twenty-first in the NHL with a 17.5 percent success rate while the penalty kill unit is ninth in the National Hockey League with an 84.4 percent penalty kill rate this season.

David Rittich will likely start in goal for Calgary, and he’s 13-7-4 this season with a pair of shutouts to his credit along with a 2.69 GAA and a 91 percent save percentage. Rittich is riding a personal, three-game winning streak, including a 4-3 home win over Buffalo in his last start.

Avalanche Six Game Winning Streak

Colorado is playing great hockey and riding a six-game winning streak with victories over Edmonton, Chicago twice with successive road wins over Toronto, Montreal, and Boston. Over the past five games, the Avalanche has outscored its opponents 22-9, and this hockey team is on fire. Nathan McKinnon leads the Avalanche with 45 points, including team-highs in goals (17) and assists (27), including seven power-play goals this season.

The Avalanche have a 19.1 percent power-play success rate that ranks fourteenth in the NHL and a 78.9 percent penalty kill rate that ranks twentieth in the NHL this season.

Philipp Grubauer is likely tending to the twine in this matchup, and he’s 10-5-2 this season with a 2.76 GAA along with a 91 percent save percentage. He’s listed as day to day with a shoulder injury that forced him to leave his last start before the end of the first period.

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I will be siding with the Avalanche in this matchup. They are scoring goals in droves, and I don’t think that will stop on Monday night at home. Calgary has been playing very well, but they don’t score enough goals to beat a team like Colorado at home. There is some concern about Grubauer, but if he can’t go, then, Pavel Francouz should be able to handle the Flames meager offense. I will be going with the Avalanche in this one.

Prediction: Colorado

Full-Game Total Pick

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I think this game stays under the total. The Avalanche has been scoring goals in droves but Rittich is having a terrific year and I don’t see Colorado lighting him up on Monday night. Calgary doesn’t score goals and its power play is weak and that doesn’t lead to a high scoring game.  I will be playing the UNDER in this one.

Prediction: Under
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Written By Phil Naessens , "Philly Flash"

Phil Naessens is a professional high-performance tennis coach, writer, and radio host currently based in Cleveland Ohio. Phil is also known as “Fantasy Phil” and has a high level of experience as a former professional Daily Fantasy Sports player with 18 GPP wins. He is now solely focused on sports handicapping and sports betting and has joined OUR TEAM to help everyone win on a consistent basis.