The Tuesday NHL schedule will get underway with a matchup between the Colorado Avalanche and the Pittsburgh Penguins from PPG Paints Arena. The Avalanche (27-18-3) have won seven of their previous ten games and trail Minnesota by one point for third place in the Central Division. Last time out, Colorado scored the first three goals of the game and held on for a 4-2 home victory versus St. Louis.
Alex Newhook and J.T. Compher scored goals in the first period to stake Colorado to a 2-0 lead. Evan Rodrigues made it 3-0 five minutes into the second period and Matt Nieto sealed things for the Avalanche with an empty net goal.
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The Pittsburgh Penguins own a 14-6-4 record on home ice and are battling with several teams for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The Penguins (24-16-9) are averaging 3.27 goals per game and are led in scoring by All-Star C Sidney Crosby with 60 points. In their final game before the All-Star Break, Pittsburgh surrendered two goals in each period of a 6-4 home loss versus San Jose.
C Evgeni Malkin scored twice and added an assist to lead the Pittsburgh offensive attack. Crosby’s 24th goal of the season came on the power play to give the Penguins a 2-1 lead. Ryan Poehling knotted things at three late in the second period with a shorthanded goal.