October 21st 2013 Free NHL Picks

Colorado Avalanche @ Pittsburgh Penguins: Avalanche 2.56 BetOnline

We will take the Avalanche again with exceptional odds tonight. This line should be close to even; we are receiving great odds on the Avs. Tonight we have one team who hasn’t lost a game at home, and one who hasn’t lost a game on the road. The Colorado Avalanche and the Pittsburgh Penguins have identical records at 7-1-0. Pittsburgh has gone 5-0 at Home, and Colorado have gone 4-0 Away. The Number 1 Draft Pick Nathan MacKinnon will meet another No.1 draft pick (Sydney Crosby- 8 years ago) tonight in Pittsburgh. Interestingly enough, they are both Canadian, and are from Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia. Both of these teams are obviously playing exceptional hockey. They can both score goals, and also do a great job of stopping them from reaching their own net. J.S. Giguere has been confirmed as the starting goaltender tonight for the Avalanche.  Giguere has played two games this season, and has stopped 67 of 69 shots against him, for a 1.00 GAA, and a .971 SV%. The Avalanche as a team also have an impressive goals against average, at only 1.50 GAA. The Avs also manage to stop 87.5% of their opponents powerplays. The Avalanche defense are sure to have their work cut out for them tonight, as Sydney Crosby happens to be off to the best start of his career, as he  has 7 goals and 10 assists, for 17 points (he has had points in 8 straight games). Chris Kunitz sits behind Crosby with 10 points. Will the Colorado defense put an end to the point streak tonight? The Colorado offense has not been shy either, as they currently average 3.38 goals/game, which is similar to the Penguins average of 3.75 goals/game. Matt Duchene has 5 goals in 5 games, and leads the Avalanche in points at 9 points. The Penguins clearly have some excellent offensive power, but so do the Avalanche. Colorado is scoring almost as many goals/game as the Penguins, but the Penguins will have to face a solid Avalanche defense tonight. Pittsburgh is currently 78.3% on the Penalty Kill, which is lower than the Avalanche (87.5%). The Penguins do however exceed the Avalanche on the Powerplay, as the Penguins are scoring 28% of the time, and the Avalanche are slightly lower at 24.1%. This will be a great game to watch, and possibly the most entertaining game of the season to date. This should be a close game; we have two teams here that are pretty close to even, we will take the Avalanche at a great price, and hopefully they will  make it a perfect 5-0 on the road tonight in Pittsburgh.