Arizona Coyotes (36-30-8) at Colorado Avalanche (44-20-9)
NHL Hockey: Wednesday, August 12, 2020 at 5:30 pm (Rogers Place)
The Line: Colorado Avalanche -172 / Arizona Coyotes +158 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Arizona Coyotes and Colorado Avalanche meet Wednesday in game one of the NHL West First Round at the Rogers Place.
The Arizona Coyotes are coming off a four-game series win over the Nashville Predators. The Arizona Coyotes are averaging 3.5 goals per game and are scoring on 16.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Clayton Keller leads Arizona with two goals, Phil Kessel has three assists and Taylor Hall has 10 shots on goal. Defensively, the Arizona Coyotes are allowing 2.75 goals per game and are killing 71.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Darcy Kuemper has given up 11 goals on 163 shots faced.
The Colorado Avalanche won two of three round robin games and are coming off an overtime loss to the Las Vegas Golden Knights. The Colorado Avalanche are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 25 percent of their power play opportunities. Joonas Donskoi leads Colorado with two goals, Mikko Rantanen has four assists and Nathan MacKinnon has 15 shots on goal. Defensively, the Colorado Avalanche are allowing 1.67 goals per game and are killing 80 percent of their opponents power plays. Philipp Grubauer has allowed five goals on 58 shots faced and Pavel Francouz has allowed zero goals on 27 shots.
The Coyotes are 9-20 in their last 29 games playing on 3 or more days rest, 3-8 in their last 11 games following a win and 45-94 in their last 139 vs. Central. The Avalanche are 8-1 in their last 9 Wednesday games, 4-1 in their last 5 playoff games as a favorite and 11-4 in their last 15 overall. The over is 4-1 in Coyotes last 5 overall. The under is 17-5 in Avalanche last 22 overall. The favorite is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings.
The Arizona Coyotes surprised me with a rather dominating performance against the Predators, and they're a dangerous team if they can keep up this offense. With that said, the Coyotes are also a team that when I'm ready to believe in and start backing, they go back to the sloppy play and the losing efforts. The Colorado Avalanche are a team that's had terrific success in the favorite role and looked solid in their round robin games with their only loss coming in overtime. I don't want to lay PL until we're able to sink our teeth into this series, so I'll bite the bullet and lay the juice with the Avs in game one.