Arizona Coyotes vs. Colorado Avalanche - 3/19/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Colorado Avalanche (32-26-11) at Arizona Coyotes (21-41-8)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, March 19, 2015 at 10:00 pm (Gila River Arena)
The Line: Arizona Coyotes +149 / Colorado Avalanche -165 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
The Avalanche look to keep their miniscule playoff hopes intact and extend their winning streak to three games to face the Coyotes.
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The Avalanche head into Thursday's action sitting seven points back of the Jets for the final wild card spot in the Western Conference and with the regular season drawing near a close it could be an unfortunate case of too little too late for the Avs who I think are a playoff caliber team. Colorado is coming off a division title last season and while that was a massive overachievement I do think they are a playoff worthy side but with the West being so competitive the Avs look lie they're going to be on the outside looking in. Colorado is 7-3 in their last 10 games and are road favourites here against a Coyotes side that has been in full blown tank mode for months and are right in the mix when it comes to league futility.
The Coyotes are dreadful and have been all season and things don't get any easier down the stretch as they match up against playoff hopefuls and division winners all the while seeing their chances increase atop the NHL drat lottery. Arizona has regressed this season and sit second to last in goal differential and goals scored this season and third to last in goals conceded and while those are historic numbers it still may not be enough for them to land one of the two highly touted prospects that will surely come into the league right away and turn around an entire franchise. The Coyotes are in trouble here and there isn't any way else to look.