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The Colorado Avalanche and Pittsburgh Penguins meet Tuesday in NHL action at the PPG Paints Arena. The Colorado Avalanche look for a win after winning 10 of their last 16 games. The Pittsburgh Penguins look for a win after splitting their last 10 games.
The Colorado Avalanche are averaging 3.8 goals per game and are scoring on 25.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Mikko Rantanen leads Colorado with 35 goals, Nazem Kadri has 57 assists and Nathan MacKinnon has 247 shots on goal. Defensively, the Colorado Avalanche are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 78.6 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Darcy Kuemper has allowed 107 goals on 1,428 shots faced, and Pavel Francouz has allowed 40 goals on 488 shots.
The Pittsburgh Penguins are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 22.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Jake Guentzel leads Pittsburgh with 32 goals, Kris Letang has 53 assists and Evan Rodriguez has 204 shots on goal. Defensively, the Pittsburgh Penguins are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 85.5 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Tristan Jarry has allowed 124 goals on 1,575 shots faced, and Casey DeSmith has allowed 49 goals on 514 shots.
The Avalanche are 13-5 in their last 18 road games and 45-14 in their last 59 overall. The Penguins are 187-92 in their last 279 home games and 62-29 in their last 91 games as a favorite. The under is 4-0 in Avalanche last 4 overall. The over is 8-3-1 in Penguins last 12 home games. The Avalanche are 3-7 in the last 10 meetings in Pittsburgh.
The Colorado Avalanche have been a bit shaky these last couple of weeks, and they’ve had issues over the years winning in Pittsburgh. This is a statement game for the Pittsburgh Penguins with the playoffs right around the corner, so I understand the slight lean there. However, we’re getting arguably the best team in hockey at an underdog price, something you haven’t got much this season and won’t get many times in the playoffs. I say take advantage while you can.