Colorado Avalanche at Pittsburgh Penguins - 4/5/22 NHL Picks and Prediction
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Pittsburgh Penguins (41-19-10) vs Colorado Avalanche (49-14-6)
Game Info: Tuesday, April 5, 2022 at 7:00 pm (PPG Paints Arena)
Betting Odds: Pittsburgh Penguins -118 / Colorado Avalanche -110 --- Over/Under: 6 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Pittsburgh Penguins host the Colorado Avalanche in Tuesday NHL Action.
The Colorado Avalanche come into this road contest with an overall record of 49-14-6. Through 69 games, the Avalanche are 1st in the Central Division. On the season, they have found the net 262 times, good for a rank of 2nd among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Colorado is the 7th ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 2.72 goals per game. So far, the Avalanche have a strength of schedule rating of 30th in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 2nd ranked team in the NHL.
The Pittsburgh Penguins get set to host the Colorado Avalanche with an overall record of 41-19-10. This mark places them 3rd in the Metropolitan division. Through 70 games, the Penguins have scored 233 goals, giving them an average of 3.29. This output gives them a rank of 8th among NHL teams. On defense, Pittsburgh is the 6th ranked unit, giving up 2.6 goals per contest. So far, the Penguins have played the 27th toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account Pittsburgh's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 8th in the NHL.
Through 69 games, the Colorado Avalanche's leading goal scorer is Mikko Rantanen. With his 47 assists, he is the second in overall points, coming in at 82. On the season, he is turning 15.0% 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 69 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 48 games played, he has turned in 29 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.
Through 70 games, Pittsburgh's leading goal scorer is Jake Guentzel. With his 32 goals and 36 assists, he is second in overall points, coming in at 68. On the season, he is turning 14.5% 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 70 games, he has come up with 26 goals on a shooting percentage of 15.0%. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +14.0. Pittsburgh's top goalie is Tristan Jarry, who is giving up an average of 2.34 goals per game. In his 54 games played, he has turned in 33 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.
In Colorado's 69 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 37-30-2. So far, taking the over when the Avalanche are playing away from home, has been a good bet with an over-under record of 19-14-1. On the season 61.0% of Colorado's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 57% of the scoring coming from the Avalanche. Coming into this game, the Penguins have an over-under record of 34-35-1. However, when playing at home, the over has fared better, going 19-15. On the season, 56.0% of Pittsburgh's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 56% of the scoring coming from the Penguins. Look for the Avalanche and Penguins to combine to surpass the posted over-under line of 6 goals.
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