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Pittsburgh Penguins home to Avalanche in hockey betting action

Colorado Avalanche

Pittsburgh Penguins
7-1-0 October 21, 2013, 07:30 PM | Consol Energy Centre 7-1-0

The Pittsburgh Penguins battle the visiting Colorado Avalanche on Monday in NHL betting action at Consol Energy Centre.

Pittsburgh battles the Avalanche, currently with a 7-1-0 mark. The OVER/UNDER records, important for totals bettors, are 4-4 for the Penguins and 4-4 for the Avalanche.

View Colorado Avalanche vs Pittsburgh Penguins Odds and Stats.

If you're backing the visitors in this one, they Avalanche listed earlier today as underdogs of 148 at most sportsbooks, including Bovada. Total bettors saw the number open in the area of 5.5, depending on the book.

The NHL Power Rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Penguins rated this week at No. 3 and the Avalanche sitting at No. 16.

In their last action, Colorado was a 4-2 winner on the road against the Sabres. Bettors on Colorado at -135 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (6) sent OVER bettors home happy as well.

The Penguins were a 4-3 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Canucks. That made winners of bettors who got Pittsburgh at -153 on the moneyline, while the total score (7) was good news for OVER bettors.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Pittsburgh's No. 2-ranked offense (3.88 goals per game) against a Avalanche defense that ranks No. 2 at 1.5 goals per game allowed. The Penguins powerplay has clicked at a 28% rate while the Avalanche have a 87.5% rate on the penalty kill.

Next up:
Colorado at Hartford , Friday, October 25th
Pittsburgh at New York, Friday, October 25th