Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Colorado Avalanche Prediction, NHL Odds

Payton Matthews | Updated Mar 21, 2023

Superstars Sidney Crosby and Nathan MacKinnon will face off on the ice Wednesday for the final time this season when the Penguins visit the Avalanche.

March 22, 2023, 8:00 PM ET
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Puckline +1.5 -173
Moneyline +129
Over / Under o +6.5


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Puckline -1.5 +144
Moneyline -155
Over / Under u +6.5


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The Avs are solid favourites on the NHL odds.

Penguins vs. Avalanche NHL Betting Odds

It’s not impossible these teams meet in the Stanley Cup Finals – Colorado easily could get back there and is the favourite to come out of the West, but the Penguins’ title-contending window might be closed. Pittsburgh does go for the regular-season sweep as it beat Colorado 2-1 in overtime on Feb. 7.

Nathan MacKinnon gave the Avs the lead midway through the second. Bryan Rust tied it at 16:22 of the third, and future Hall of Famer defenceman Kris Letang won it at 3:36 of OT. The Penguins killed a penalty in overtime before Letang won it with a shot from the left circle. Casey DeSmith played one of his best games of the year in net for Pittsburgh with 41 saves, while Pavel Francouz stopped 36 shots in the loss.

The home team is 6-2 in the past eight meetings.

Pittsburgh Penguins

Pittsburgh has fallen out of one of the East’s two wild card spots thanks to a four-game losing streak. They faced Ottawa 24-year-old netminder Dylan Ferguson in his first NHL start Monday and peppered him with 49 shots yet managed one goal in the 2-1 defeat – courtesy of Rickard Rakell (25th of season). The Pens also dominated in the faceoff circle but were 0-for-3 on the power play and allowed one PP goal on two tries for Ottawa. Pittsburgh was without injured defencemen Jan Ruuta, Jeff Petry and Marcus Pettersson, who is now out the rest of the regular season at least. Tristan Jarry is 0-2-0 (one game in relief) with 6.26 GAA and .810 save per centage over his previous three appearances. Might be Casey DeSmith’s turn Wednesday. Pittsburgh is 6-13 in its past 19 on the road.

Colorado Avalanche

Colorado won its sixth straight game Monday, 5-0 over Chicago. Alexandar Georgiev was the No. 1 star with his fifth shutout of the season, stopping 27 shots. His personal five-game winning streak ties a season high. Nathan MacKinnon had an assist to stretch his points streak to nine games. Denis Malgin had two goals and a helper. Centre Evan Rodrigues (14G, 19A) was placed in the concussion protocol after getting hurt Monday. Star blueliner and reigning Norris Trophy winner Cale Makar (16G, 45A) has had trouble staying in the lineup and missed Monday’s game. He’s day-to-day. Maker has 16 points in his last nine contests. The Avs are 5-0 in their past five playing on one day of rest.

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