NHL Betting: Penguins to crash past Avalanche


Another six goals for the San Jose Sharks at the weekend saw them bounce back, after losing their 100% record in their previous game.

Detroit were also going well at the head of the Atlantic until a shabby effort in their last outing pegged them back. It's slightly harsh to call Red Wings' goalie Jimmy Howard a disappointment so far, but back-up Jonas Gustavsson is giving Mike Babcock a selection headache after three wins from three starts. 

Both have key defenders out for this one; Dan Boyle for San Jose and Niklas Kronwall for Detroit. They each help in all situations but most noticeably on the man advantage. In recent years the head-to-head for this match-up is well in favour of the Sharks with eight wins from 11. Take them to continue that dominance at 2.50.

Colorado's unbeaten start did end earlier in the week but the Avs answered right back in Buffalo on Saturday. Just a few weeks into this season, their four road wins match their total from the entirety of last season. 

Sidney Crosby is yet to go without at least a point in a game and is already clear in the scoring race - an injury free period allied to continuity with Chris Kunitz and Pascal Dupuis paying major dividends. 

In the recent past, teams like this Colorado unit who can utilise great speed and are willing compete offensively, have managed to rattle the Penguins. Against these sort of line-ups you could also argue the absence of Kris Letang for Pittsburgh actually helps them in defence though his dynamism at the blueline is obviously a miss. 

There's a huge disparity in the odds considering their similar position in the league standings. Colorado look enticing out at 3.50 but I think the Pens have them outmatched upfront.

Best Bet

Pittsburgh Penguins to win at 1.88

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