The Colorado Avalanche continued to roll right along as Gabriel Landeskog and Nazem Kadri scored first-period goals to lead the visiting Avalanche to the 4-0 win over the Dallas Stars on Sunday.
The game extended Colorado’s franchise-record point streak to 19 games. It was the third game during the streak that the Avalanche won by at least four goals and the fourth shutout as they have at least a point in every game in 2022. Colorado is 17-0-2 during this run and leads the NHL with a 2.05 goals-against average during this run. The four-goal win by the Avalanche paid out +1000.
Colorado was just 7-5-1 on the road coming into January, but is 6-0-1 away from home during the streak, second in the league with 4.14 goals per game and tied for the lead with a 1.86 GAA on the road in 2022.
Colorado has been favored in every game played during its 19-game point streak, with Sunday’s game carrying a -165 moneyline according to the NHL betting lines.
Colorado (+500) is still the favorite to win the Stanley Cup while the odds for Dallas have dropped to +5000.
Jeff Skinner, who likely would have been traded in the offseason if not for his cumbersome salary, scored four goals as the visiting Buffalo Sabres topped the reeling Montreal Canadiens 5-3.
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Skinner, who also had an assist in the game, has 20 goals in 45 games after managing 21 in 112 games in the previous two seasons combined. Skinner didn’t have a goal in the previous five games. Alex Tuch had three assists and has five points over the last three games.
Joel Armia had his first goal in 19 games while defenseman Jeff Petry scored for the first time in 12 games, but it wasn’t enough to prevent Montreal from losing its third game in a row since firing coach Dominique Ducharme and appointing Hall of Fame forward Martin St. Louis as the interim head coach.
Montreal is winless in its last 10 games despite taking a lead with less than four minutes left in the second period.
While all four road teams won on Sunday, the biggest surprise came when the Ottawa Senators rolled past the visiting Washington Capitals 4-1 despite being outshot 34-26 and managing two shots on goal in five power-play opportunities.
Although Ottawa didn’t score on the power play for the sixth game in a row, Alex Formenton opened the scoring with a shorthanded goal.
This is the sixth straight game that Ottawa has won when Brady Tkachuk has a goal, which is a trend that could be of interest to those who bet online. The victory snapped a 10-game losing streak against the Capitals, although four of those losses came by one goal. Ottawa’s last win at Washington came in 2014.
It was Washington’s fifth consecutive loss at home and all the defeats came in regulation.
Washington is 2-7-1 at home in 2022. Only Columbus and Montreal have worse home records over that stretch.
Nicklas Backstrom’s power-play goal 46 seconds into the second period was the only scoring for Washington, which is now seven points back of Metropolitan Division-leading Pittsburgh.
The Pittsburgh Penguins picked up its NHL-leading 17th road winin a 4-2 victory against the New Jersey Devils. The Penguins have won seven of the last eight games against New Jersey.
This was the 13th consecutive game in the series when the Las Vegas odds listed Pittsburgh as the favorite.
Pittsburgh (+750) has the fifth-best odds to win the Eastern Conference.
Nico Hischier extended his goal-scoring streak to a career-best four games as New Jersey tied the game early in the third period.
Brian Boyle, who didn’t have a point in the last six games, scored the game-winning goal with 13:02 remaining and Jake Guentzel scored his 24th goal as Pittsburgh moved ahead of idle Carolina and into first place in the Metropolitan Division.
Sidney Crosby had two assists, and the Pittsburgh captain scoring more than 1.5 points carried a moneyline of +140.