NHL Hockey Odds for Monday’s Penguins vs. Avalanche Matchup
Posted by: Mike Davis
The NHL hockey odds and lines are primed for another successful evening of sports betting. There are a total of 5 different matchups for bettors to sink their teeth into. Without a doubt, one of the better matchups of the evening is the inter-conference Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Colorado Avalanche matchup. Let’s take a look at what kind of turnout the teaser sports betting lines are predicting for this Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Colorado Avalanche Monday night pairing.
Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Colorado Avalanche – Monday, Dec. 18th
When: 9:00 pm ET
Where: Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado
TV: Local Broadcasts
Stream: NHL TV
NHL Hockey Odds:
Pittsburgh Penguins -1 ½ (+180) 6 (EV) -160
Colorado Avalanche +1 ½ (-220) 6 (-120) +140
The Penguins ride into this evening’s contest sporting a 17-14-13 record that grants Pittsburgh 37-points on the season. That 37-point tally is good enough to rank Pittsburgh 6th in the Metropolitan Division, very much so out of the playoff race. It must be remembered that the Penguins entered the 2017 season as the reigning champions. But at the current moment, it doesn’t look like Pittsburgh will be competing for Stanley Cup this season. Ultimately this is to be expected, considering that the franchise just won a couple of back to back titles. The Penguins last took to the ice to face the Arizona Coyotes on the road in a 4-2 winning effort. Additionally, that online sportsbook triumph snapped a 3-game losing streak Pittsburgh had accrued.
There are plenty of interesting bets to be made in this matchup. Considering how the Penguins have performed in their last couple of games, taking the Avalanche on the upset line isn’t that bad of an idea. Moreover, the Avalanche’s 20-12 record against the spread suggests that taking Colorado on the spread could prove to be lucrative. However, considering how high the vig is on the Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Colorado Avalanche’s spread line, the upset line is unquestionably superior.
The Avalanche stumble into this Monday night pairing flashing a 15-15-2 record that ranks Colorado 7th in the Central Division. The Avalanche are sitting on 32 points on the season, which ranks them dead last. The division is currently led by the Nashville Predators, who have 46 points on the season. At the present time, it seems like an impossible notion to believe that Colorado can catch up to Nashville. Not with the kind of season the Avalanche are delivering. Furthermore, Colorado is 1-2 in their last three matchups, which has led the NHL hockey odds to peg the home team as the underdog this evening.
From a statistical point of view, these teams actually match up pretty well. The Avalanche wield the better offensive unit since they rank 8th in the NHL in goals per game while the Penguins rank 14th. However, the Penguins have a slightly better defense since Pittsburgh 23rd in goals allowed per game while Colorado ranks 27th in goals against. Furthermore, the Penguins have yet another advantage when it comes to power play. Specifically, Pittsburgh ranks 4th in the league in power play percentage while Colorado ranks 18th.