Nathan MacKinnon and Sidney Crosby are set to go head-to-head as the Colorado Avalanche collide with the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday, Feb, 7. Although it’ll be exciting to see several talented players facing off tonight, both sides are heading in opposite directions as of late, leaving time to tell who’ll emerge as the victor in this Avalanche vs Penguins showdown.
The Avalanche improved to 7-1-0 in their last eight games with a 4-2 win over the St. Louis Blues before the
NHL All-Star Break. Though playing at PPG Paints Arena is never easy for visiting teams, Colorado does have a three-game road winning streak on its side, making it interesting to see if it continues tonight.
Meanwhile, winning has been tough for the Penguins. Pittsburgh has tasted defeated in three of its last four games and even though two of those losses came post-regulation, the team lost 6-4 to the lowly San Jose Sharks in its last outing. Needless to say, a stronger effort is needed to thwart the Avs.
There are a plethora of betting opportunities heading into tonight’s Avalanche vs Penguins collision. Here’s a look at FanDuel Sportsbook’s latest odds for the game, as well as a prediction and the best bet to make, courtesy of
Betting News. Colorado Avalanche vs Pittsburgh Penguins Matchup Information and Betting Odds Matchup Information Matchup: Colorado Avalanche (27-18-3, 14-9-0 Away) vs. Pittsburgh Penguins (24-16-9, 14-6-4 Home) Venue & Location: PPG Paints Arena (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) Date: Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2023 Game Time: 7 p.m. Eastern Time Avalanche vs Penguins TV Info: ESPN+ Avalanche vs Penguins Leafs Odds Game odds are via FanDuel as of Tuesday, Feb. 7 at 8:40 a.m. ET. Odds from other top online sportsbooks may also be mentioned in this article. Spread Colorado Avalanche +1.5 (-265) Pittsburgh Penguins -1.5 (+210) Over/Under Over 6.5 Goals (-108) Under 6.5 Goals (-112) Moneyline Colorado Avalanche -110 Pittsburgh Penguins -110 Avalanche vs Penguins Betting Trends Colorado is 5-2 straight up in its last seven games against the Eastern Conference. Pittsburgh is 10-5 straight up in its last 15 home games. The total has hit the under in each of Colorado’s last six road games. The total has hit the under in four of Pittsburgh’s last six games against the Central Division. The total has hit the over in four of the last six Colorado-Pittsburgh matchups. Avalanche vs Penguins Prediction and Picks Avalanche vs Penguins Prediction: Avalanche 4, Penguins 3 Avalanche vs Penguins Best Bets: Avalanche ML (Best Value: -110 at FanDuel) & Over 6.5 Goals (Best Value: -108 at FanDuel)
The Avalanche were looking like Stanley Cup contenders ahead of the break and for several good reasons. One of those is the recent play from goaltender Alexander Georgiev.
Georgiev has been playing phenomenally as of late, going 4-0-0 in his last four starts with a 1.50 goals-against average and .954 save percentage. While playing on the road can be challenging, the 26-year-old netminder has also won each of his last three away contests, allowing two or fewer goals in each game.
Standing in the opposing crease will likely be Casey DeSmith, according to
. Unfortunately, his play over the last few months has left a lot to be desired. DeSmith is only 3-5-3 in his last 12 appearances, playing to a 3.85 GAA and .888 SV%. Daily Faceoff
DeSmith’s struggles were highlighted even more by the fact that he allowed five goals on 31 shots in his last outing (vs. the Sharks). With how dangerous the Avalanche’s best players are, he can’t afford a similar performance.
Colorado has been getting production for all of its lines recently. A total of 10 different Avalanche players have at least six points over the last eight games. Unsurprisingly, MacKinnon has been leading the charge, pacing his teammates with 11 assists and 13 points over that span. Mikko Rantanen has also been doing some damage, tallying a team-leading seven goals.
Can Sidney Crosby and the Penguins put a stop to the Avalanche’s impressive run?
That’s not to take away from what the Penguins’ best players have done, though. After all, Crosby and Evgeni Malkin have 13 and 15 points, respectively, over the last 10 games. Even Jake Guentzel and Rickard Rakell have each tallied nine points over that time frame.
However, the Penguins’ depth drops off a bit after that. Aside from Bryan Rust and Jason Zucker, Pittsburgh doesn’t really have any other threats outside of the above. It’s going to be incredibly difficult to shut down the Avs’ attack or, at least, keep pace with it.
It’s a game that could go either way on paper, but the Avalanche have the depth and momentum to get things done. Besides, it’s tough trusting the Penguins after surrendering six goals to a team like the Sharks.
On top of taking the Avalanche in the moneyline pick ‘em situation, I’m also siding with the total going over 6.5 goals. As mentioned before, the total has gone over in four of the last six Avalanche vs Penguins matchups.
With there also being a fair bit of star power present tonight, it’ll be far from shocking if the over is hit yet again.
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