Arizona Coyotes (37-33-8) at Colorado Avalanche (47-21-9)
NHL Hockey: Wednesday, August 19, 2020 at 5:30 pm (Rogers Place)
The Line: Colorado Avalanche -200 / Arizona Coyotes +175 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Arizona Coyotes and Colorado Avalanche meet Wednesday in game five of the NHL West First Round at the Rogers Place.
The Arizona Coyotes need a win here to save their season and force a game six on Friday. The Arizona Coyotes are averaging 2.63 goals per game and are scoring on 12 percent of their power play opportunities. Clayton Keller leads Arizona with three goals, Taylor Hall has four assists and Phil Kessel has 22 shots on goal. Defensively, the Arizona Coyotes are allowing 3.25 goals per game and are killing 73.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Darcy Kuemper has given up 23 goals on 304 shots faced and Antti Raanta has allowed three goals on eight shots.
The Colorado Avalanche look for one more victory to close out this series and advance to the next round. The Colorado Avalanche are averaging 3.43 goals per game and are scoring on 25 percent of their power play opportunities. Nazem Kadri leads Colorado with four goals, Nathan MacKinnon has seven assists and Mikko Rantanen has 22 shots on goal. Defensively, the Colorado Avalanche are allowing 1.71 goals per game and are killing 87 percent of their opponents power plays. Philipp Grubauer has allowed eight goals on 119 shots faced and Pavel Francouz has allowed two goals on 48 shots.
The Coyotes are 10-21 in their last 31 Conference Quarterfinals games, 1-4 in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest and 6-13 in their last 19 vs. Western Conference. The Avalanche are 9-1 in their last 10 Wednesday games, 7-2 in their last 9 playoff games as a favorite and 6-2 in their last 8 overall. The under is 19-7 in Avalanche last 26 overall. The Coyotes are 0-5 in the last 5 meetings in Colorado and 2-5 in the last 7 meetings.
I've mentioned in the past that the Arizona Coyotes are a tough team to trust, as right when they look good, they remind you how inconsistent they are. The Colorado Avalanche lit the Coyotes on fire in their game four victory, scoring seven goals and allowing just 15 shots on goal. In the three victories in this series, the Avalanche are winning by an average of 3.3 goals. It's hard to get that performance out of your mind and think the Coyotes are going to bounce back here. I'll side with the Avs to close this series out and take the PL for added value.