Colorado Avalanche (46-21-9) at Arizona Coyotes (37-32-8)
NHL Hockey: Monday, August 17, 2020 at 5:30 pm (Rogers Place)
The Line: Arizona Coyotes +160 / Colorado Avalanche -180 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Colorado Avalanche and the Arizona Coyotes meet in game four of their Western Conference quarter-final series in NHL action from Rogers Place on Tuesday.
The Colorado Avalanche will try to rebound and take a 3-1 series lead after letting Arizona get back into the series with a 4-2 loss to Arizona in game three, making the series two games to one in favor of Colorado.
Derek Stepan opened the scoring for the Coyotes just 6:29 into the game and that lead held into the second where Andre Burakovsky tied the game at one for Colorado but Arizona would restore the lead in the final minute of the second thanks to Brad Richardson’s goal. The 2-1 score held for most of the 3rd until Taylor Hall added an insurance goal to make it 3-1 on an empty net with 1:20 to go. Mikko Rantanen cut the deficit to 3-2 :23 later for Colorado but Lawson Crouse would slam the door shut with an empty-netter with :05 to go, restoring Arizona’s two-goal lead and getting the Coyotes on the board in the series.
Darcy Kuemper got the win for Arizona between the pipes after stopping 49 of 51 shots faced in the win while Pavel Francouz took the loss for the Avs after allowing two goals on 21 shots faced in defeat.
Colorado is 13-5 in their last 18 games overall and 11-4 in their last 15 games against a team with a losing record while the under is 17-5 in their last 22 games as a favorite. Arizona is 6-2 in their last 8 Monday games and 3-9 in their last 12 games following a win while the under is 6-1 in their last 7 conference quarter-final games. The under is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings between these two teams and the favorite is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings as well.
I get Colorado being favored as they probably go back to Grubauer in net here, but that doesn’t mean I’m just ready to hop back on the Avs here. Arizona’s got their confidence going right now after getting on the board in game three and I just think they’re in a decent spot to tie the series at two. I’ll take a stab at Arizona and the plus money here as my free pick for this game, but my stronger play is on the total and I have that available as a premium pick that you can find here.