Pittsburgh Penguins at Colorado Avalanche Free NHL Picks & Odds
by Josh Schonwald - 4/5/2014
Sunday, April 6, 8:00 PM on RDS2, ROOT, Alti
Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado
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The last time the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Colorado Avalanche saw each other, the two teams were a combined 15-2-0 and looking like two of the best teams in the NHL. Colorado was able to pull off the 1-0 win, but the game could easily could have gone the other way as Pittsburgh had a 34-14 shot on goal advantage.
The game was hyped up more than the ordinary NHL game because it was the first meeting between Colorado's Nathan MacKinnon and Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby. Both players are from Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia, and many fans think MacKinnon could reach Crosby's superstar status someday. Both players played well in the game, but neither could get on the score sheet in this one.
The lone goal of the game came in the second period when Colorado forward Gabriel Landeskog scored his third of the season off of assists from Ryan Wilson and Cory Sarich. Landeskog was coming out of the penalty box when he received the pass and was able to beat Penguins' goalie Marc-Andre Fleury with a wrister.
Landeskog may have scored the game-winner, but the real hero for the Avalanche on the night was goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere. The 36-year-old veteran had a 34-save night and his second shutout of the season.
The win helped the Avalanche improve to 8-1-0, while the Penguins dropped just their second game of the season.
Pittsburgh is 22-17 straight up on the road this season
Pittsburgh is 16-19-4 against the over/under on the road this season
Colorado is 26-14 straight up at home this season
Colorado is 18-20-1 against the over/under at home this season
Injuries to Watch
12/23/13 RW Pascal Dupuis Knee out for season
04/01/14 C Joe Vitale Undisclosed out indefinitely
03/29/14 C Marcel Goc Foot expected to miss 3 weeks
03/25/14 C Evgeni Malkin Foot expected to miss 2-3 weeks
02/25/14 RW Chris Conner Foot out 4-6 weeks
02/07/14 D Kris Letang Heart out indefinitely
04/04/14 LW Cody McLeod Ankle questionable
03/31/14 C Matt Duchene Knee expected to miss 3-4 weeks
03/11/14 RW PA Parenteau Knee expected to miss 4-6 weeks
02/25/14 RW Milan Hejduk Personal has retired
02/20/14 LW Alex Tanguay Hip out for season
Josh's Pick: Take Colorado
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