Penguins vs Avalanche Prediction - NHL Picks 3/22/23
Colorado Avalanche (41-22-6) vs Pittsburgh Penguins (34-26-10)
Game Info: Wednesday, March 22, 2023 at 8:00 pm (Ball Arena)
Betting Odds: Colorado Avalanche -160 / Pittsburgh Penguins +135 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Pittsburgh Penguins will play the Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday night at Ball Arena in Denver, Colorado.
The Pittsburgh Penguins are 34-26-10 this season after they lost to the Ottawa Senators by a score of 2-1 in their last game. Pittsburgh out shot Ottawa by a total of 49-21 and won 57.6% of the face-offs in the game. The Pittsburgh Penguins are averaging 3.19 goals per game, 3.24 goals against per game, 21.2% on the power play, and 79.7% on the penalty kill. Sidney Crosby has led the Penguins this season with 29 goals, 54 assists, and 207 shots on goal. The projected starting goalie for Pittsburgh is Tristan Jarry, who is 20-10-6 this season with a 3.01 goals against average and a .907 save percentage.
The Colorado Avalanche are 41-22-6 this season after they defeated the Chicago Blackhawks by a score of 5-0 in their last game. Colorado out shot Chicago by a total of 32-27 and went 1-1 on the power play in the win. The Colorado Avalanche are averaging 3.28 goals per game, 2.73 goals against per game, 24.8% on the power play, and 79.3% on the penalty kill. Nathan MacKinnon has led the Avalanche this season with 30 goals, 59 assists, and 301 shots on goal. The projected starting goalie for Colorado is Alexandar Georgiev, who is 32-14-5 this season with a 2.53 goals against average and a .920 save percentage.
Pittsburgh is 41-15 in their last 56 games against the Central and 0-4 in their last 4 games. The under is 5-1 in Pittsburgh’s last 6 games. Colorado is 5-0 in their last 5 games played on one day of rest and 41-19 in their last 60 games against the East. The under is 4-1 in Colorado’s last 5 home games. The home team is 6-2 in these two teams last 8 head to head meetings.
Colorado comes into this game playing like one of the best teams in the NHL and has won five games in a row. The Avalanche have scored five goals in each of their last three games and will be facing a Pittsburgh team that has lost four games in a row. The Penguins have only scored three goals in their last three games and are going to have a tough time generating chances against a very good Colorado defense. I like the Avs here.
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