The Colorado Avalanche and Arizona Coyotes meet Saturday in NHL action at the Gila River Arena.
The Colorado Avalanche look for a win after splitting their last eight games. The Colorado Avalanche are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 23.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Mikko Rantanen leads Colorado with seven goals, Nathan MacKinnon has 14 assists and Nazem Kadri has 47 shots on goal. Defensively, the Colorado Avalanche are allowing 2.4 goals per game and are killing 88.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Philipp Grubauer has allowed 28 goals on 363 shots faced and Hunter Miska has allowed seven goals on 59 shots.
The Arizona Coyotes look for a win after splitting their last 10 games. The Arizona Coyotes are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 20.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Christian Dvorak leads Arizona with nine goals, Conor Garland has 11 assists and Jakob Chychrun has 51 shots on goal. Defensively, the Arizona Coyotes are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 84.1 percent of their opponents power plays. Darcy Kuemper has given up 38 goals on 435 shots faced and Antti Raanta has given up 11 goals on 112 shots.
The Avalanche are 18-8 in their last 26 road games. The Coyotes are 6-2 in their last 8 Saturday games and 17-41 in their last 58 games playing on 0 days rest. The under is 5-1 in Avalanche last 6 overall. The over is 15-6-1 in Coyotes last 22 overall. The Avalanche are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings. The favorite is 7-1 in the last 8 meetings. The home team is 8-1 in the last 9 meetings.
I’t shard to get a proper feel for either of these teams lately, but the Colorado Avalanche are the better team on paper, have had great success on the road and absolutely dominated the Coyotes last night. The Arizona Coyotes are a hard team to get behind due to their inconsistency and last night certainly doesn’t help matters. I have no choice but to side with the Avs here, even if the price is a bit steep.