NHL Picks: Bet Penguins -170 at Home Against Avalanche

SBR Staff

Thursday, November 19, 2015 1:33 PM GMT

The Colorado Avalanche come in off a rough loss at Toronto, while the Pittsburgh Penguins snapped their mini two game losing streak. Check who makes the cut as our NHL pick inside.

Reto Berra Struggles in Loss to Maple Leafs
Colorado goalie Reto Berra came into the game vs Toronto on Tuesday night rather hot as he had won the first three games of their current road trip and allowed a total of just three goals in the process, but then a surging Toronto team put up four goals on him before he was pulled in favor of Calvin Pickard, who allowed the final goal. Berra still has a very solid 1.83 GAA on the year, despite the fact that his record is just 4-4. He should get the start here and is 0-1 with a 2.05 GAA in one career start vs the Penguins.

Colorado really had their chances in this game as they got off 35 shots, but just could get the one goal off of James Reimer. Scoring that lone goal for the Avs was Erik Johnson, which was his 4th goal of the year. Colorado has been a solid offensive team this year so far as they come in ranked 12th in the league in scoring at 2.8 gpg and 18th on the power play, while on defense they are 21st in goals allowed (2.8 gpg) and 22d in penalty kill.

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Evgeni Malkin Leads Penguins over Wild
Pittsburgh center Evgeni Malkin had quite a game in their 4-3 win over Minnesota on Tuesday night. In the game he came up with two goals and also had two assists for a total of four points. With the score being 2-1 in the 2nd period he gave the team some breathing room with two goals to push the score to 4-1. Pittsburgh did have to hold off a charge by Minnesota as they scored the final two goals to make the final a bit more respectable. Malkin now has six goals on the year and leads the team in points with 16.

Now for the bad news from this game, Olli Maata has suffered a shoulder injury and will miss an unknown amount of time. Marc- Andre Fleury picked up the win in the game and is now 9-6 with a 2.08 GAA on the year. This was just the third time all year that Pittsburgh has scored more than three goals for him. He should get the start here and is 7-3 with a 2.12 GAA in his career vs the Avalanche. Pittsburgh checks in at 27th in the league in scoring (2.2 gpg) and 28th on the power play (14.3%), while on defense they are 4th in goals allowed (2.2 gpg) and 8th in penalty kill (83.9%)

Trends

Colorado: 5-14 in their last 19 road games vs. a team with a home winning percentage of greater than .600 & 1-4 in the last five meetings in Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh: 11-4 in their last 15 overall & 6-2 in their last eight home games

Colorado had their three game win streak, but at Toronto they reminded us that they are still not a very good team, while the Penguins are as they have now won 11 of their last 15 games and they are also a very good team at home. Pittsburgh should make it five home wins in their last six games in this series behind another strong performance from Fleury. Play Pittsburgh as your NHL pick.

NHL Pick: Penguins -170 at 5Dimes

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