Arizona Coyotes vs Colorado Avalanche NHL Picks, Odds, Predictions 2/26/21

Arizona Coyotes vs Colorado Avalanche NHL Picks, Odds, Predictions 2/26/21 Photo by Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports

Colorado Avalanche (9-6-1) at Arizona Coyotes (9-7-3)

NHL Hockey: Friday, February 26, 2021 at 9:00 pm (Gila River Arena)

The Line: Arizona Coyotes +138 / Colorado Avalanche -167 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The Colorado Avalanche and Arizona Coyotes meet Friday in NHL action at the Gila River Arena.

The Colorado Avalanche look for a win after splitting their last eight games. The Colorado Avalanche are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 23.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Mikko Rantanen leads Colorado with seven goals, Nathan MacKinnon has 14 assists and Nazem Kadri has 47 shots on goal. Defensively, the Colorado Avalanche are allowing 2.4 goals per game and are killing 88.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Philipp Grubauer has allowed 28 goals on 363 shots faced and Hunter Miska has allowed seven goals on 59 shots.

The Arizona Coyotes look for a win after splitting their last eight games. The Arizona Coyotes are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 20.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Christian Dvorak leads Arizona with nine goals, Conor Garland has 11 assists and Jakob Chychrun has 51 shots on goal. Defensively, the Arizona Coyotes are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 84.1 percent of their opponents power plays. Darcy Kuemper has given up 38 goals on 435 shots faced and Antti Raanta has given up 11 goals on 112 shots.

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The Avalanche are 18-8 in their last 26 road games and 6-2 in their last 8 overall. The Coyotes are 1-4 in their last 5 home games and 1-4 in their last 5 overall. The under is 5-1 in Avalanche last 6 overall. The over is 15-6-1 in Coyotes last 22 overall. The Avalanche are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings. The favorite is 7-1 in the last 8 meetings. The home team is 8-1 in the last 9 meetings.

The Colorado Avalanche are simply a lot easier to trust, as they're the better team on paper and have been the better team for much of this season. The Arizona Coyotes continue to run hot and cold and you're never sure which team is going to show up night to night. Also, while both meetings were last season the Avalanche have outscored the Coyotes 14-2 in the last two matchups. Give me the Avs and the reasonable price. 

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Randy’s Pick Colorado Avalanche -167

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.

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