Free NHL Hockey Prediction: Avalanche vs Penguins Odds
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(1-0-0) Colorado Avalanche vs. Pittsburgh Penguins (2-0-0)
Date: Monday, October 17th
Time: 7:00 PM (EST)
Venue: PPG PAINTS Arena, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: Penguins -170
NHL Hockey Puck Line Odds: Penguins -1.5 +175
NHL Betting Total: 5.5
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Colorado gets set for a 4 game road trip as they start off in Pittsburgh against the Penguins on Monday night.
The Avalanche will be playing just their 2nd game of the season, while the Penguins look to make it 3 straight to open their season.
The Avalanche were forced to wait until Saturday to get their season underway as they took on the Dallas Stars.
The wait was worth it as they tallied 6 goals, in a 6-5 win over the Stars, as Joe Colborne put in 3.
Colborne figures to be a huge part of this team, as he comes in off a season where he put in 19 goals with the Flames. His role will certainly be much larger with this Avs team.
With a back to back looming for Colorado, they’ll give each of their goalies a start. Calvin Pickard will get the nod here in Pittsburgh, while Semyon Varlamov will go against Washington tomorrow.
Look for a similar effort here from the Avalanche like the one in their opener, as they had 11 of their 18 players record at least a point.
This Colorado deep built itself for depth and if the opener was any indiciation on how it will go this year, a lot of different players will be stepping up.
The Penguins will put the wraps on their season opening 3 gqme homestand here on Monday, as they look for a clean sweep.
Pittsburgh has opened the season with back to back 3-2 wins over Washington and Anaheim.
However, the bad news for the Pens lies with captain Sidney Crosby, who remains out with a concussion. Crosby did skate with the team at practice, but will likely still miss a few more games as he recovers.
With Crosby still down, the Penguins will need others to step up and really make an impact on the offense end.
They got that last game, when Ian Cole found the back of the net after failing to record a goal in 70 games last season.
The Penguins will be sticking with Marc-Andre Fleury in net, who is replacing the injured Matt Murray.
Fleury has been dominant through the first two games, securing the win in both and racking up a SV% of .948.
NHL Hockey Handicapping Trends
- Avalanche are 13-5 in their last 18 after allowing 5 goals or more in their previous game.
- Avalanche are 5-11 in their last 16 vs. Metropolitan.
- Avalanche are 5-16 in their last 21 after scoring 5 goals or more in their previous game.
- Penguins are 19-7 in their last 26 after allowing 2 goals or less in their previous game.
- Penguins are 27-10 in their last 37 when their opponent scores 5 goals or more in their previous game.
- Penguins are 37-14 in their last 51 overall.
Free Colorado Avalanche vs. Pittsburgh Penguins NHL Hockey Prediction
The Avalanche defense is what is the worry here.
You cannot get into a high scoring back and forth game with the Penguins. This team is just too fast and has way too many goal scoring threats.
4* Free NHL Betting Pick: Penguins -1.5
The Penguins have a lot of value laying 1.5 here at plus money. They’ve gotten out of the gates well and should be able to pick apart this Avs defense.
NHL Free Score Prediction: Pittsburgh 5 – Colorado 2
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