Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Colorado Avalanche Free Preview 1/10/20

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Jake Guentzel, Evgeni Malkin, and the Pittsburgh Penguins will face off against Cale Makar, Nathan MacKinnon, and the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center in an East-West showdown. The game will get going at 9 p.m. ET on Friday, January 10, and fans at home will be able to watch it live on AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Colorado Avalanche Odds

The Avalanche (-150) are tabbed as the favorites over the Penguins (+130), and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at 7 goals (-110 for the over, -110 for the under).

Pittsburgh is 26-17 straight up (SU) and has netted 4.2 units for moneyline bettors this season. 22 of its matches have gone under the total, while 20 have gone over and just one has pushed. This 2019-20 Penguins team is 10-9 SU on the road.

Pittsburgh has converted on 18.2 percent of its power play opportunities this year, a mark that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 13th overall, and it has successfully killed off 81.3 percent of all penalties..

Boasting a .896 save percentage and 24.3 saves per game, Matt Murray (13-11-4) has been the best option in goal for Pittsburgh this year. If Pittsburgh chooses to rest him, however, head coach Mike Sullivan could turn to Tristan Jarry (14-7-1), who has a .934 save percentage and 2.04 goals against average this year.

On the other bench, Colorado is 25-19 straight up (SU) and has earned 2.5 units for moneyline bettors this year. 23 of its outings have gone over the total, while 19 have gone under and just two have pushed. The team is 11-9 SU at home this season.

The Avalanche have converted on just 19.4 percent of their power play opportunities this season, a figure that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 25th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 77.6 percent of all opponent power plays.

Philipp Grubauer has denied 27.6 shots per game as the primary selection in goal for the Avalanche. Grubauer has 13 wins, 13 losses, and three OT losses and has registered a pedestrian 2.92 goals against average and a fairly-weak .909 save percentage this season.

Pittsburgh Penguins at Colorado Avalanche Betting Predictions

Free Prediction: SU Winner – Avalanche, O/U – Over

Betting Notes

  • For both of these clubs, the over has hit in four of their past five matches.
  • Two teams that shoot the puck early and often, Pittsburgh has attempted the league’s ninth-most shots on goal (33.0) while Colorado has attempted the 10th-most (33.0). The Pens have averaged 26.6 shot attempts over their last five home games while the Avs have taken 37.6 shots over their last five home outings.
  • Seven of Pittsburgh’s last ten games have been decided by two goals or more. The team is 5-2 in those games.
  • Pittsburgh skaters have accounted for the league’s third-most hits per game (28.5), but the team’s recorded just 18.6 hits over their last five away games.