2019-20 NHL – Pittsburgh Penguins @ Colorado Avalanche Preview & Pick

THE FACTS

When is Pittsburgh Penguins @ Colorado Avalanche taking place? Saturday 11th January, 2020 – 02:00 (UK)

Where is Pittsburgh Penguins @ Colorado Avalanche taking place? Pepsi Center, Denver

What channel is Pittsburgh Penguins @ Colorado Avalanche on? Premier Sports

Where can I stream Pittsburgh Penguins @ Colorado Avalanche? Premier Sport subscribers can stream this match live via Premier Player

Where can I get tickets for Pittsburgh Penguins @ Colorado Avalanche? https://www.nhl.com/tickets

What was the outcome in the last meeting? Pittsburgh Penguins 3 – 2 Colorado Avalanche

THE TEAM NEWS

PITTSBURGH PENGUINS

  • The Penguins are coming off a 4-3 away win at the Vegas Golden Knights and that result extended an inconsistent run that has seen them go 3-2 over their last five games. However, they haven’t had back-to-back equal results not even once during that stretch. They sit in fourth place of the Eastern Conference standings with 57 points out of 43 contests.
  • Star center Sidney Crosby and defenceman Justin Schultz have both been listed as questionable ahead of this contest. Forwards Nick Bjugstad and Jake Guentzel have already been ruled out, just like defenceman Brian Dumoulin. Needless to say, Crosby’s absence could be huge for the Penguins’ offense.
  • Evgeni Malkin has been picking up the slack in Crosby’s absence, and now he has three goals and two assists over his last five appearances. He missed time due to an injury earlier this season, but he is already up to 40 points (12 goals, 28 assists) in only 30 games.

COLORADO AVALANCHE

  • The Avalanche extended their losing streak to two games following a disappointing 5-3 defeat against the New York Rangers and they have dropped three of their last five contests. However, The Avs remain one of the top teams in the Western Conference and they sit in second place of the standings with 54 points out of 44 games.
  • Colorado will be close to full strength ahead of this game, and their list of potential absentees only includes winger Joonas Donskoi, who is listed as a game-time decision due to an upper body injury. Winger Colin Wilson has already been ruled out, however, and would only return February at the earliest.
  • Nathan MacKinnon has been impressive of late, and he has nine points (four goals, five assists) in Colorado’s last five games. Furthermore, the star center is already up to 65 points (26 goals, 39 assists) in 44 matches this season, and he has been one of the league’s most productive forwards to date. He’s on pace to surpass his career-best 99-point campaign established during the 2018-19 season.

THE PREDICTION

The Penguins and the Avalanche have been two of the best teams in their respective Conferences and it’s safe to say both sides have been struggling in recent days. While Colorado enter this game backed up by a 2-3 record in their last five, Pittsburgh have only won once more over that span. The defence, however, could be decisive and the Penguins have a clear advantage in that department since they allowed only 116 goals to Colorado’s 130. The Avalanche own a better scoring output – 159 goals scored against Pittsburgh’s 146 – but it’s clear their woes right now lie on the defensive side of the puck. It will be a tight game, but Pittsburgh have enough weapons to come away with the win here.

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