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(34-26-10) Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Colorado Avalanche (41-22-6)
Date: Wednesday March 22nd – Penguins vs. Avalanche
Time: 8:00 PM ET
Venue: Ball Arena, Colorado
Hockey NHL Money Line Odds: Penguins +150 Avalanche -170 (Bet Now!)
NHL Hockey Puck Line Odds: Penguins +1.5 -165 Avalanche -1.5 +145
Today’s NHL Betting Total: O/U 6.5
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This is the second match-up between these two teams with Pittsburgh holding a 1-0 edge on the Avalanche this season.
The Pittsburgh Penguins streak of 16 consecutive playoff appearances is definitely in jeopardy. With 78 points, they’re on the outside looking in at the final Wild Card slot. They have a 34-26-10 record and are 15-15-5 on the road this season.
They’ve lost four consecutive games and were outscored 18-7 during that stretch. In that time, they dropped two games to the Rangers and found themselves at the wrong end of a loss to the sub .500 Canadiens and to the Ottawa Senators.
With a both the Islanders and Panthers in action Tuesday night, the Penguins could see the points gap between them and a playoff spot grow.
With a 16th ranked offense, the Penguins are averaging 3.19 goals scored per game this season and are sporting a 17th ranked power play which is operating at 21.2%.
Captain Sidney Crosby leads the team with 83 points in 70 contests for his 18th point-per-game season. The future Hall of Famer only trails Wayne Gretzky who has 19 point-per-game seasons to his name.
When it comes to goals, Jake Guentzel leads the way at 30 with Crosby trailing him by 1 heading into this game.
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On the back end, the Pens have struggled to keep the puck out of their own net recently. They’ve conceded at least four goals against in three of their most recent four games.
They have a 18th ranked defense that is allowing 3.24 goals against per game and own a 15th ranked penalty kill that has a 79.7% success rate.
Since the All-Star break, blueliner Kris Letang is tied for the most goals by a defenseman with 6.
The health of Tristan Jarry has been an issue for Pittsburgh all season. He’s missed quite a few games due to various injuries, leaving the crease to back-up Casey DeSmith and third-stringer Dustin Tokarski.
It may be all the missed time or the lingering affects from his injuries, but Jarry hasn’t played up to expectations this season. He has a 20-10-6 record this season with a 3.01 goals against average and a .907 save percentage. He hasn’t won a start in each of his past four attempts.
DeSmith has amassed a 13-14-4 tally paired with a 3.12 goals against average and a .907 save percentage.
With six straight wins, the Avalanche have seen their placement in the standings skyrocket. They’re in the hunt for the top spot in the Central Division with 88 points.
They have a 41-22-6 record to go with a solid 19-11-5 stat line at home.
Colorado’s offense has been hot as of late with five goals in each of their past three games.
Their 14th ranked offense is producing an average of 3.28 goals scored per game while their power play sits in 4th place with a 24.8% success rate.
With Captain Gabriel Landeskog having yet to play this season and Nathan MacKinnon coming in and out of the lineup due to injury we’ve seen Mikko Rantanen step things up.
Rantanen’s 47 goals leads the team with MacKinnon in second with 30 goals in 11 fewer games.
When it comes to overall points, MacKinnon has produced a teams leading 89 in 58 contests.
On the back end, they’ve tightened things up recently in comparison to their play at the beginning of the campaign.
The Avalanche currently have the 8th best defense in the league as they’re averaging 2.72 goals against per game while their penalty kill sits in 18th place with a 79.3% kill rate.
As usual, Cale Makar leads all Colorado defensemen with his 16 goals and 61 points thus far.
Colorado has the third-best team save percentage with .913, thanks in large part to the play of Alexandar Georgiev. Georgiev is on a five-game win streak and is tied for the second-best record in the league at 32-14-5. He’s put up a 2.53 goals against average and a top five .920 save percentage this year.
He’s coming off of a 5-0 shutout victory over the Blackhawks and has allowed just two goals against in his last three starts.
Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Colorado Avalanche Injury Report
- Jeff Petry – (PIT) – QUES – Upper Body
- Jan Rutta – (PIT) – IR – Lower Body
- Marcus Pettersson – (PIT) – IR – Lower Body
- Nick Bonino – (PIT) – IR – Kidney
- Dmitry Kulikov – (PIT) – IR – Lower Body
- Jan Rutta – (PIT) – IR – Lower Body
- Arturri Lehkonen (COL) – OUT – Finger
- Evan Rodrigues (COL) – QUES – Lower Body
- Darren Helm (COL) – IR – Lower Body
- Gabriel Landeskog (COL) – IR – Knee
- Pavel Francouz (COL) – OUT – Lower Body
- Josh Manson (COL) – OUT – Lower Body
- Erik Johnson (COL) – IR – Ankle
- Cale Makar (COL) – QUES – Lower Body
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Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Colorado Avalanche Betting Trends
- Penguins are 6-13 in their last 19 road games.
- Penguins are 5-15 in their last 20 vs. a team with a winning record.
- Penguins are 0-4 in their last 4 overall.
- Avalanche are 5-0 in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest.
- Avalanche are 50-13 in their last 63 when their opponent scores 2 goals or less in their previous game.
- Avalanche are 40-16 in their last 56 after scoring 5 goals or more in their previous game.
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The Penguins offense isn’t its lethal former self and have found themselves shell-shocked on more than one occasion.
Through their current four-game losing streak, the Penguins have lost by at least a two-goal margin in three of those games.
Going back further, they’ve seen nine of their previous twelve losses come by at least a two-goal margin.
On the other side of the coin, the Avalanche has seen an uptick in their offense which has been guided by their stability in their own end and in their crease. They’ve seen 14 of their most recent 21 wins come by at least a two-goal margin.
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