Colorado Avalanche at Arizona Coyotes

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In a West Division battle, the Colorado Avalanche will go on the road and take on the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena. Colorado has a record of 19-8-2. Arizona has a record of 13-13-5. These two teams have faced each other four times this season with the Avalanche winning three out of four games.

Avalanche on Six Game Winning Streak

Colorado has won six straight games. Their last game was a 6-0 win against the Minnesota Wild on Saturday. Gabriel Landeskog had a goal and two assists. Nathan MacKinnon had three assists in the game. Tyson Jost, Mikko Rantanen, Devon Toews, Valeri Nichushkin, and Cale Makar each scored a goal. Philipp Grubauer was perfect in net, stopping all 31 shots faced.

Offense has been on fire for the Avs lately. They have scored four goals or more in each of the last four games. The team ranks fifth in goals per game, first in shots per game, 19th in shooting %, and second in scoring efficiency ratio. Mikko Rantanen leads the team with 35 points on the season. He is fifth in the league with 16 goals. Nathan MacKinnon is second on the team with 31 points. He has registered at least one point in nine out of his last 10 games.

Defense and goaltending have been excellent for the Avalanche this season. They have given up one goal or less in five out of the last six games. The team ranks second in goals against per game, first in shots against per game, and eighth in opponent shooting % and save %. Philipp Grubauer has an 18-7-0 record with a 1.74 GAA and a .929 SV%. He is third in GAA, fifth in SV%, and first in shutouts among goalies in the NHL.

Coyotes End Losing Streak

The Coyotes ended their five game losing streak by defeating the Anaheim Ducks 5-1 on Saturday. Derick Brassard had a hat trick in the game. Jakob Chychrun and Clayton Keller each scored a goal. Antti Raanta was sharp in net, stopping 27 out of 28 shots faced.

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 nine games. The team ranks 27th in goals per game, last in shots per game, 20th in shooting %, and 24th in scoring efficiency ratio. Conor Garland leads the team with 25 points. Jakob Chychrun is fourth in goals among defensemen.

Goaltending has been shaky recently for the Yotes with Darcy Kuemper missing the last five games due to injury. Kuemper has been solid between the pipes this season. He has a record of 7-7-2 with a 2.41 GAA and a .914 SV%. The Yotes have given up three goals or more in four out of their last five games. The team ranks 16th in goals against per game, opponent shooting % and save %, and 23rd in shots against per game.

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, opponent shooting %, scoring efficiency ratio, and save % all favor the Avalanche in this contest. Arizona struggles to put the puck in the net. They have scored two goals or less in six out of their last nine games. The team ranks 27th in goals per game, last in shots per game, 20th in shooting %, and 24th in scoring efficiency ratio. Colorado has been very good at stopping pucks from going in the net. They have given up one goal or less in five out of the last six games. The team ranks second in goals against per game, first in shots against per game, and eighth in opponent shooting % and save %. These two teams have played each other four times this season with the Avs winning three out of the four 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. They have scored two goals or less in six out of their last nine games. The team ranks 27th in goals per game, last in shots per game, 20th in shooting %, and 24th in scoring efficiency ratio.  Defense and goaltending have been excellent for the Avalanche. They have given up one goal or less in five out of the last six games. The team ranks second in goals against per game, first in shots against per game, and eighth in opponent shooting % and save %. The under has hit in three out of the last four games between these two teams. The under will hit in this matchup.

Prediction:
Under 5.5