Avalanche vs. Coyotes - 3/7/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Arizona Coyotes (28-31-6) at Colorado Avalanche (33-30-4)
NHL Hockey: Monday, March 7, 2016 at 9:00 pm (Pepsi Center)
The Line: Colorado Avalanche -149 / Arizona Coyotes +135 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
The Arizona Coyotes and Colorado Avalanche meet Monday night at the Pepsi Center.
The Arizona Coyotes have won back-to-back games just once since February. The Arizona Coyotes are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 18.4 percent of their power plays. Shane Doan leads Arizona with 24 goals, Oliver Ekman-Larsson has 30 assists and Max Domi has 117 shots on goal. Defensively, the Arizona Coyotes are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 77.7 percent of their power play chances. Louis Domingue has allowed 82 goals on 924 shots faced and Mike Smith has given up 59 goals on 598 shots. Domingue has allowed seven goals in his last three games.
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The Colorado Avalanche look for consistency after splitting their last 12 games. The Colorado Avalanche are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 19.2 percent of their power plays. Matt Duchene leads Colorado with 27 goals, Nathan MacKinnon has 29 assists and Jarome Iginla has 146 shots on goal. Defensively, the Colorado Avalanche are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 81.1 percent of their power play chances. Semyon Varlamov has allowed 113 goals on 1,288 shots faced and Calvin Pickard has given up 36 goals on 457 shots. Varlamov has allowed 11 goals in his last three games.
The Coyotes are 22-45 in their last 67 games playing on 1 days rest and 2-8 in their last 10 vs. Western Conference. The Avalanche are 2-7 in their last 9 vs. Western Conference and 4-1 in their last 5 Monday games. The over is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings.
Both teams are pretty solid offensively and the over has hit in five of the last six meetings. So, instead of trying to decide which one of these inconsistent squads is going to show up, I like the over in this spot.