Pittsburgh travels to face Kadri and the Avalanche
Pittsburgh Penguins (41-18-10, third in the Metropolitan) vs. Colorado Avalanche (48-14-6, first in the Central)
Denver; Saturday, 3 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: Nazem Kadri leads Colorado into a matchup against Pittsburgh. He currently ranks eighth in the league with 83 points, scoring 26 goals and recording 57 assists.
The Avalanche are 27-4-3 on their home ice. Colorado averages 9.5 penalty minutes per game, the 10th-most in the NHL. Gabriel Landeskog leads the team serving 78 total minutes.
The Penguins have gone 22-8-5 away from home. Pittsburgh is 16th in the league with 34.5 shots per game and is averaging 3.3 goals.
The teams meet Saturday for the first time this season.
TOP PERFORMERS: Kadri leads the Avalanche with 83 points, scoring 26 goals and collecting 57 assists. Mikko Rantanen has seven goals and six assists over the last 10 games for Colorado.
Jake Guentzel leads the Penguins with 32 goals and has 66 points. Evgeni Malkin has seven goals over the last 10 games for Pittsburgh.
LAST 10 GAMES: Avalanche: 7-2-1, averaging 2.9 goals, 4.9 assists, 4.1 penalties and 9.9 penalty minutes while giving up 1.7 goals per game with a .946 save percentage.
Penguins: 6-3-1, averaging 3.7 goals, 6.6 assists, 3.2 penalties and 6.6 penalty minutes while giving up 2.5 goals per game with a .916 save percentage.
INJURIES: Avalanche: Gabriel Landeskog: out (knee), Samuel Girard: out (lower body), Ryan Murray: out (hand/wrist).
Penguins: Jason Zucker: day to day (knee).