Penguins vs Avalanche Prediction NHL Picks 3/24/24

Colorado Avalanche (45-20-5) vs Pittsburgh Penguins (30-30-9)

Game Info: Sunday, March 24, 2024 at 2:00 pm (Ball Arena)

Betting Odds: Colorado Avalanche -185 / Pittsburgh Penguins +146 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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In this article, we will formulate a Penguins vs Avalanche betting prediction for this NHL showdown on Sunday, March 24th at the Ball Arena. We will take a look at: 

-The Pittsburgh Penguins recent form and recent player performance

-The Colorado Avalanche recent form and recent player performance

-A summary that ties it all together and produces a favorable betting outcome for today’s game between the Penguins and Avalanche. 

Penguins Defense Struggles in Last Game

The Penguins in the last game faced off against the Dallas Stars and the defense struggled giving up four goals. The Penguins scored only two goals and that led to the defeat. Michael Bunting had a strong game, putting one goal and adding one assist. The Penguins are averaging 2.89 goals, while their defense is giving up 2.97 goals per game. Sidney Crosby has been the top player for the Penguins, scoring 33 goals and adding 36 assists so far this season. 

Avalanche Dominated on Friday

The Avalanche faced off against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday night, and they were able to secure the 6-1 victory. Mikko Rantanen had a strong game putting up two goals and adding one assist. The Avalanche are averaging 3.71 goals, while their defense is giving up 2.98 goals per game. The offense is ranked 1st in the league while the defense is ranked 13th. Nathan MacKinnon has scored 43 goals and added 76 assists so far this season. The Avs will meet the Canadiens after this one.

Colorado Avalanche Player Prop Facts

  • Nathan MacKinnon has scored at least one goal in each of the Avalanche's last six home games against Metropolitan Division opponents.
  • Artturi Lehkonen has recorded at least one point in each of the Avalanche's last seven home games.
  • Nathan MacKinnon has recorded at least one assist in each of the Avalanche's last 20 home games.
  • Nathan MacKinnon ranks 1st in the league for multi-point games (38) this season.

Pittsburgh Penguins Player Prop Facts

  • Michael Bunting has scored at least one goal in four of his five previous appearances at Ball Arena.
  • Evgeni Malkin has recorded at least one assist in each of the Penguins' last four games against the Avalanche.
  • Sidney Crosby has recorded at least one point in eight of the Penguins' last nine day games.
  • Reilly Smith has scored two goals against the Avalanche this season - equal-most against any opponent.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Colorado Avalanche rank 1st in the league for goals per game this season (3.74).
  • The Colorado Avalanche rank 7th in the league in power play percentage this season (25.00%).
  • The Pittsburgh Penguins rank 29th in the league in power play percentage this season (14.60%).
  • The Pittsburgh Penguins rank 3rd in the league for shots per game this season (33.3).

Penguins vs Avalanche Betting Prediction

The Avalanche are going to have no issue in this game. The Blue Jackets scored six goals in the last game while the Penguins defense struggled in the last game. The Penguins are going to score at least five goals here, and that will be the difference as Colorado is going to get the job done here. The Penguins are going to struggle to score only a goal. Back the Avs on the puck line.

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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