[7:00 PM] Avalanche @ Penguins

Who will WIN this matchup?

Colorado Avalanche (1-0-0)

@ Pittsburgh Penguins (2-0-0)


Starting Goalies:

Calvin Pickard (COL): Confirmed

Marc-Andre Fleury(PIT): Confirmed


Current odds:

Colorado Avalanche: (+160)

Pittsburgh Penguins: (-180)


The Colorado Avalanche will need to clamp down defensively when they begin their four-game road trip Monday against the reigning Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins. Colorado waited until Saturday to kick off its season and outlasted Dallas 6-5 at home as Joe Colborne registered his first career hat trick in his debut with the team.

Colorado received plenty of offense from its blue line on Saturday as five of its six defensemen combined to register a goal and seven points, with Tyson Barrie netting the tally and adding an assist. The outburst by Colborne, who needed 10 games to reach the three-goal mark last season, helped make Jared Bednar’s NHL coaching debut a successful one.

Chris Kunitz became the 18th player to appear in 500 games with Pittsburgh in Saturday’s victory, notching an assist for his first point of the season. The 37-year-old left wing has registered 160 of his 241 career goals and 360 of his 552 points with the Penguins. Defenseman Ian Cole, who failed to score a goal in 70 games last season, tallied on Saturday for the first time since March 26, 2015 at Carolina.

The Avalanche will start Calvin Pickard in net on Monday while Semyon Varlamov will face Washington the following night.

Colorado went 2-for-3 on the power play on Saturday while Pittsburgh has converted two of its five opportunities over its first two games.

Eleven of Colorado’s 18 skaters recorded a point in the opener while only three failed to register a shot on goal.


StreakSmarts Pick: Pittsburgh Penguins

Confidence: 6/10

StreakSmarter Pick