Arizona Coyotes at Colorado Avalanche

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The Arizona Coyotes will take on the Colorado Avalanche in a West Division battle. Arizona has a record of 12-10-3. Colorado has a record of 13-8-2. These two teams have faced each other three times this season with the Avalanche winning two out of the three games.

Darcy Kuemper Injured

Arizona is coming off a 3-2 victory against the Colorado Avalanche on Monday. Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Clayton Keller had two assists in the game. Jakob Chychrun, Johan Larsson, and Derick Brassard each scored a goal. Darcy Kuemper stopped 17 out of 19 shots faced before being injured. Kuemper left the game in the third period due to a lower-body injury. Antti Raanta replaced Kuemper in net and stopped all 16 shots faced.

Kuemper just recently came back from a four-game absence due to injury. He could possibly miss more time with a lower-body injury. Kuemper has a record of 7-7-2 with a 2.41 GAA and a .914 SV%. He has had a good season and Arizona hopes he will not be out for long. The Yotes have given up three goals or more in seven out of their last 10 games. The team ranks 15th in goals against per game, 14th in opponent shooting % and save %, and 19th in shots against per game.

Offense remains a weakness for the Yotes. The team ranks 25th in goals per game, last in shots per game, 12th in shooting %, and 21st in scoring efficiency ratio. Conor Garland has been one of the few bright spots on offense. He has at least one point in six of the last nine games and has 22 points in 24 games played. Clayton Keller has been hot in the last five games. He is on a five-game point streak.

Avalanche Drop Two Straight

Colorado has lost two straight games. Their last game was a 3-2 defeat against the Arizona Coyotes on Monday. Valeri Nichushkin and Andre Burakovsky each scored a goal. Philipp Grubauer struggled in net, stopping 11 out of 14 shots faced. Nathan MacKinnon did not play in this game.

Despite losing two straight games, defense and goaltending have been excellent for the Avalanche this season. The team ranks sixth in goals against per game, first in shots against per game, and 18th in opponent shooting % and save %. Philipp Grubauer has a 12-7-0 record with a 2.11 GAA and a .920 SV%. He is tied for second among goalies in shutouts, with three on the season.

Offense has been trending in the right direction lately for Colorado. They have scored three goals or more in five out of the last seven games. The team ranks 15th in goals per game, third in shots per game, 20th in shooting %, and seventh in scoring efficiency ratio. Nathan MacKinnon has missed the last three games for the Avalanche. It is possible MacKinnon is able to return to action and play against the Coyotes.

The Bottom Line
What to bet on this game.

Full-Game Side Bet
Rating:

Goals per game, goals against per game, shots per game, shots against per game, and scoring efficiency ratio all favor the Avalanche in this contest. Arizona struggles to put the puck in the net. The team ranks 25th in goals per game, last in shots per game, 12th in shooting %, and 21st in scoring efficiency ratio. Colorado has been very good at stopping pucks from going into the net. The team ranks sixth in goals against per game, first in shots against per game, and 18th in opponent shooting % and save %. These two teams have played each other three times this season with the Avs winning two out of the three games. Colorado is the better team and will win this game.

Prediction:
Colorado Avalanche (-1.5)

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Full-Game Total Pick
Rating:

Arizona struggles to score. The team ranks 25th in goals per game, last in shots per game, 12th in shooting %, and 21st in scoring efficiency ratio. Defense and goaltending have been excellent for the Avalanche. They rank sixth in goals against per game, first in shots against per game, and 18th in opponent shooting % and save %. The under has hit in two out of the last three games between these two teams. This will be a low scoring game with the under hitting.

Prediction:
Under 5.5