Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Colorado Avalanche, Monday, NHL Sports Betting, Las Vegas Odds, Picks and Predictions

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Pittsburgh at Colorado, NHL Sports Betting Lines
When: 9:00 PM ET, Monday, December 18, 2017
Where: Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado
TV: 9 p.m. ET, AT&T SportsNet-Pittsburgh, Altitude (Colorado)
Team Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Puck Line Money Line Total
7 Pittsburgh Penguins -1½ +180 -158 Ov 6 +107
8 Colorado Avalanche +1½ -210 +143 Un 6 -118
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The Pittsburgh Penguins and the Colorado Avalanche will both be gunning for a victory on Monday when they meet at Pepsi Center.

ABOUT THE PENGUINS (17-14-3): Pittsburgh is just 4-4-0 this month, but that record could be much worse if not for a penalty-killing unit that has been a perfect 23-for-23 in the last eight contests. Phil Kessel tops the team with 15 goals, including four in his last seven games, and 38 points – five more than captain Sidney Crosby, who has recorded eight goals and nine assists in his last 12 contests. Evgeni Malkin has notched at least one point in seven of eight games this month after scoring his 10th goal of the campaign in Saturday’s victory.

ABOUT THE AVALANCHE (15-15-2): Defenseman Erik Johnson was suspended two games for boarding Tampa Bay’s Vladislav Namestnikov on Saturday. Landeskog’s big performance gave him 13 goals and pulled him within a pair of team leader Nathan MacKinnon, who has collected four tallies and an assist in his last two games to increase his team-best total to 38 points. Alex Kerfoot (21 points), who has missed the last three contests with a lower-body injury, could return Monday.

Oddsmakers opened the Penguins as -155-moneyline favorites versus the Avalanche, while the game’s total opened at 6.

The two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins look to string together a pair of wins to end a short road trip when they visit the Colorado Avalanche on Monday. The Penguins, who had an uneven start to the season, snapped a three-game losing streak with a 4-2 victory at Arizona on Saturday and hope to avenge last Monday’s 2-1 loss to the Avalanche.

Pittsburgh coughed up a two-goal lead against the Coyotes before defenseman Olli Maatta’s goal with 14.6 seconds remaining snapped a 2-2 tie and improved the Penguins to 7-9-2 on the road this season. “It was a little discouraging when they tied it up. I thought we controlled a lot of the play for a lot of the night,” Pittsburgh coach Mike Sullivan told reporters after the win. “It was just one of those nights. I really liked our stick-to-it-iveness. We just went back to work.” Colorado rallied from four goals down to get within one before suffering a 6-5 loss to Tampa Bay on Saturday despite captain Gabriel Landeskog’s career-high five points, including his second hat trick of the season. “We’re here to play and we’re here to compete,” Landeskog told reporters. “We’re not going to be pushed around and we’re not going to give up on anybody. The most important thing is that we showed that to ourselves (Saturday).”

Last time out for Colorado, they were a 6-5 loser as they battled the Lightning at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Lightning at -179 were rewarded, while the 11 combined goals moved the game OVER for totals bettors.

Pittsburgh won its last outing, a 4-2 result against the Coyotes on December 16. Bettors who backed the Penguins at -163 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (6) sent OVER bettors to the payout window.

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Pittsburgh:
Team record: 17-14-3 SU
Pittsburgh is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
Pittsburgh is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Pittsburgh’s last 6 games

Colorado:
Team record: 15-15-2 SU
Colorado is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games
Colorado is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Colorado’s last 8 games

Next up:
Pittsburgh home to Columbus Thursday, December 21
Colorado at Los Angeles Thursday, December 21

NHL Hockey Betting Tips

1. The Penguins have won five of their last six games at Colorado but dropped their last two at home against the Avalanche.

2. Colorado G Semyon Varlamov is 3-1-1 with a .917 save percentage in his career against the Penguins.

3. Crosby is four goals away from 400 in his career and RW Patric Hornqvist needs two assists to reach 200.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:

Picks: Pittsburgh Penguins will win outright at -158 and the game will stay under 6 goals according to scamdicappersscamdicappers.com.

PREDICTION: Penguins 4, Avalanche 2 at .

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