Pittsburgh Penguins (17-14-3) at Colorado Avalanche (15-15-2)
|Date & Time||Monday December 18, 2017, 9:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Colorado Avalanche +140 / Pittsburgh Penguins -155 --- Over/Under: 6
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The Pittsburgh Penguins look to snap out of their slump against Western Conference foes as they head into Colorado to take on the Avalanche on Monday night.
The Penguins head into Colorado looking to snap out of their 1-5 stretch against Western Conference foes on Monday night as they face off against an Avalanche group that is 1-4 in their last five home games and haven’t had a great start to the season overall. The Penguins have struggled away from home so far this season and are hoping to rectify that in a big way as they have dropped nine of their last 13 games away from but luckily for them they face off against an Avalanche side that has been woeful on home ice and the Pens historically beat up on teams who are under the .500 mark. The Penguins have also won five of their last six games in Denver and with Tristan Jarry expected to get the start against Semyon Varlamov they are in good shape to keep that trend in their favour on Monday night.
The Avalanche meanwhile haven’t had a great start to the season but they have been playing well to start the week of late as they are 9-4 in their last 13 games on a Monday but they will have their work cut out for them here against the two time defending Cup champions. Colorado has had a tough stretch over the last few seasons and while they have a handful of solid pieces they haven’t been able to put it altogether and now with the trade of Matt Duchene and this season looking like the last few they could move on from the idea of being a playoff contender this season and continue to build for the future.
The Penguins are winless in their last five against the Central division and have played to the under in their last five against the Central while the Avs are 28-68 in their last 96 games and 1-4 in their last five home games. Pittsburgh seems to be gaining momentum while the Avs are a crap shoot every night so the best play here is to take the price on the road team.