Colorado Avalanche vs. Arizona Coyotes - 12/27/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Arizona Coyotes (16-15-2) at Colorado Avalanche (17-17-1)
NHL Hockey: Sunday, December 27, 2015 at 8:00 pm (Pepsi Center)
The Line: Colorado Avalanche -155 / Arizona Coyotes +140 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSAZ, ALT2
The Arizona Coyotes and Colorado Avalanche meet Sunday night at the Pepsi Center.
The Arizona Coyotes look for a nice win after splitting their last six games. The Arizona Coyotes are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 14.4 percent of their power plays. Mikkel Boedker leads Arizona with 11 goals, Max Domi has 15 assists and Anthony Duclair has 36 shots on goal. Defensively, the Arizona Coyotes are allowing 3.2 goals per game and are killing 81.4 percent of their power play chances. Mike Smith has allowed 59 goals on 598 shots faced and Anders Lindback has given up 35 goals on 320 shots. Smith has allowed 10 goals in his last three games.
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The Colorado Avalanche hope to keep rolling after winning six of their last eight games. The Colorado Avalanche are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 17.6 percent of their power plays. Matt Duchene leads Colorado with 16 goals, Nathan MacKinnon has 19 assists and Jarome Iginla has 83 shots on goal. Defensively, the Colorado Avalanche are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 79.2 percent of their power play chances. Semyon Varlamov has allowed 57 goals on 663 shots faced and Reto Berra has given up 29 goals on 374 shots. Varlamov has allowed eight goals in his last three games.
The Coyotes are 1-4 in their last 5 Sunday games and 11-23 in their last 34 vs. a team with a losing record. The Avalanche are 5-0 in their last 5 vs. Western Conference and 6-14 in their last 20 games playing on 3 or more days rest. The Coyotes are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings.
The Avalanche are playing some really solid hockey lately and are catching the Coyotes on the end of a back-to-back while they're well rested. I'll side with the hot home team here.