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Penguins vs. Avalanche - 12/18/14 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Colorado Avalanche (10-13-7) at Pittsburgh Penguins (20-6-4)
Date & Time Thursday December 18, 2014, 7:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Pittsburgh Penguins / Colorado Avalanche --- Over/Under:
TV Channel
ALT, ROOT, NHL
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NHL | Colorado Avalanche (10-13-7) at Pittsburgh Penguins (20-6-4)
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The Colorado Avalanche and Pittsburgh Penguins play Thursday night at the CONSOL Energy Center.

The Colorado Avalanche have lost five of their last six games and begin a three-game road trip. The Avalanche are averaging 2.5 goals per game and have scored six goals in their last three games. The Colorado Avalanche have two power play goals in their last six games and have won six of their last eight games when scoring at least three goals overall. Matt Duchene leads Colorado with 10 goals, Gabriel Landeskog has 12 assists and Erik Johnson has 74 shots on goal. Defensively, the Avalanche are allowing 3.2 goals per game and have allowed a power play goal in four of their last six games. Calvin Pickard has allowed 23 goals on 313 shots faced and Semyon Varlamov has given up 47 goals on 517 shots.

The Pittsburgh Penguins have split their last six games and remain in first place in their division. The Penguins are averaging 3.2 goals per game and have scored 10 goals in their last three games. The Pittsburgh Penguins have two power play goals in their last nine games and have won six of their last eight games when scoring at least three goals. Evgeni Malkin leads Pittsburgh with 13 goals, Patric Hornqvist has 15 assists and Blake Comeau has 59 shots on goal. Defensively, the Penguins are allowing 2.3 goals per game and have allowed a power play goal in five of their last 10 games. Marc-Andre Fleury has allowed 49 goals on 667 shots faced and Thomas Greiss has given up 18 goals on 223 shots.

The Avalanche are 4-15 in their last 19 road games and 14-6 in their last 20 Thursday games. The Penguins are 84-36 in their last 120 home games and 1-4 in their last 5 games following a win. The Avalanche are 7-3-1 in the last 11 meetings in Pittsburgh and 1-5 in the last 6 meetings overall.

The Pittsburgh Penguins are simply too good at home and the Avalanche have been one of the worst road teams in the league for quite some time. Give me Pitt at home. 

Pick:
Pittsburgh Penguins

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