Pittsburgh Penguins at Colorado Avalanche - 4/2/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

Pittsburgh Penguins at Colorado Avalanche - 4/2/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Colorado Avalanche (48-14-6) vs Pittsburgh Penguins (41-18-10)

Game Info: Saturday, April 2, 2022 at 3:00 pm (Ball Arena)

Betting Odds: Colorado Avalanche -159 / Pittsburgh Penguins +128 --- Over/Under: 6 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Colorado Avalanche host the Pittsburgh Penguins in Saturday NHL Action.

The Pittsburgh Penguins come into this road contest with an overall record of 41-18-10. Through 69 games, the Penguins are 3rd in the Metropolitan Division. On the season, they have found the net 231 times, good for a rank of 8th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Pittsburgh is the 6th ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 2.59 goals per game. So far, the Penguins have a strength of schedule rating of 29th in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 7th ranked team in the NHL.

The Colorado Avalanche get set to host the Pittsburgh Penguins with an overall record of 48-14-6. This mark places them 1st in the Central division. Through 68 games, the Avalanche have scored 259 goals, giving them an average of 3.76. This output gives them a rank of 2nd among NHL teams. On defense, Colorado is the 8th ranked unit, giving up 2.74 goals per contest. So far, the Avalanche have played the 31st toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account Colorado's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 4th in the NHL.

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Through 69 games, the Pittsburgh Penguins' leading goal scorer is Jake Guentzel. With his 34 assists, he is the second in overall points, coming in at 66. On the season, he is turning 14.6% of his shots into goals. In addition, the Penguins have benefited from the strong play of Sidney Crosby, who is the team's overall leader in points. In Pittsburgh's 69 games, he has come up with 25 goals on a shooting percentage of 14.8%. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of 13.0. Pittsburgh's top goalie is Tristan Jarry, who is giving up an average of 2.33 goals per game. In his 53 games played, he has turned in 32 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

Through 68 games, Colorado's leading goal scorer is Mikko Rantanen. With his 34 goals and 46 assists, he is second in overall points, coming in at 80. On the season, he is turning 14.8% of his shots into goals. In addition, the Avalanche have benefited from the strong play of Nazem Kadri, who is the team's overall leader in points. In Colorado's 68 games, he has come up with 26 goals on a shooting percentage of 11.4%. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +18. Colorado's top goalie is Darcy Kuemper, who is giving up an average of 2.37 goals per game. In his 47 games played, he has turned in 28 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

In Colorado's 68 games, they have an above .500 record against the spread, going 35-33. So far, the Avalanche have been a good bet at home as they have covered in 18 of their 34 games at Pepsi Center. On the season, the Colorado Avalanche have a per-game scoring differential of 1.06. Even when playing at home, the team is winning games by an averge margin of 0.56 goals. Heading into their game with the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Avalanche have a 3-2 record over their past five contests. In these games, they have scored 15 goals, accounting for 56% of the overall scoring. Over this stretch, the team has managed to play above .500 hockey, despite scoring more than their average of 2.74 goals per game 3 times. Look for the Avalanche to come away with a big win over the Penguins.

 

 

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