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In a West Division battle, the Arizona Coyotes will take on the Colorado Avalanche. Arizona has a record of 11-10-3. Colorado has a record of 13-7-2. These two teams have faced each other twice this season with the Avalanche winning both games.
Offense a Weakness for Coyotes Despite Victory
Arizona is coming off a 5-2 victory against the Minnesota Wild on Saturday. Tyler Pitlick scored two goals in the game. Derick Brassard, Niklas Hjalmarsson, Conor Garland, and Clayton Keller each had two points in the game. Darcy Kuemper was sharp in net, stopping 32 out of 34 shots faced.
Now that’s how you bounce back.
Hear from Coach Tocchet, Tyler Pitlick, and Lawson Crouse after tonight’s win: pic.twitter.com/xDbxuKVDZl
— Arizona Coyotes (@ArizonaCoyotes) March 7, 2021
Despite scoring five goals in their previous game, offense remains a weakness for the Yotes. They have scored two goals or less in six out of their last 10 games. The team ranks 25th in goals per game, last in shots per game, 16th 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 five of the last six games and has 22 points in 23 games played.
Goaltending has been shaky recently for the Yotes with Kuemper missing four games due to injury. Kuemper has been solid between the pipes this season and Arizona is glad to have him back. He has a record of 7-7-2 with a 2.39 GAA and a .915 SV%. The Yotes have given up three goals or more in seven out of their last 10 games. The team ranks 16th in goals against per game, opponent shooting % and save %, and 19th in shots against per game.
Goaltending a Bright Spot for Avs Despite Loss
The Avalanche are coming off a 5-4 overtime loss against the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday. Mikko Rantanen scored two goals in the game. Nazem Kadri and Samuel Girard each had two assists in the game. Hunter Miska gave up five goals on 27 shots faced.
Offense has been trending in the right direction lately for Colorado. They have scored three goals or more in five out of the last six games. The team ranks 13th in goals per game, third in shots per game, 20th in shooting %, and sixth in scoring efficiency ratio. Nathan MacKinnon has missed the last two games for the Avalanche. He took part in practice on Friday but was said to not be feeling well after practice.
Despite allowing five goals in their last game, 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 shot differential per game, and 14th in opponent shooting % and save %. They have given up two goals or less in four out of their last six games. Philipp Grubauer has a 12-6-0 record with a 2.06 GAA and a .921 SV%. He is tied for second among goalies in shutouts, with three on the season.
- Avalanche are 4-0 in their last four after allowing five goals or more in their previous game
- Favorite is 13-3 in the last 16 meetings
- Colorado is 6-0 in their last six games when playing at home against Arizona
- Coyotes are 2-12 in their last 14 road games vs. a team with a winning home record
- Coyotes are 1-5 in their last six after scoring five goals or more in their previous game
- Coyotes are 1-4 in their last five after allowing two goals or less in their previous game
The Bottom Line
What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Goals per game, goals against per game, shots per game, shots against per game, opponent shooting %, scoring efficiency ratio, and save % all favor the Avalanche in this contest. Arizona struggles to put the puck in the net. Colorado has been very good at stopping pucks from going in the net. These two teams have played each other twice this season with the Avs winning both games. Colorado is the better team and will win this game.
Colorado Avalanche (-1.5)
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Full-Game Total Pick
Arizona struggles to score. They have scored two goals or less in six out of their last 10 games. The team ranks 25th in goals per game, last in shots per game, 16th 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 shot differential per game, and 14th in opponent shooting % and save %. They have given up two goals or less in four out of their last six games. This will be a low scoring game with the under hitting.