Colorado Avalanche (11-6-4) at Arizona Coyotes (9-9-2)
|Date & Time||Friday November 23, 2018, 8:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Arizona Coyotes -114 / Colorado Avalanche -114 --- Over/Under: 6
The Colorado Avalanche and Arizona Coyotes meet Friday in NHL action at the Gila River Arena.
The Colorado Avalanche look for another victory after winning four of their last five games. The Colorado Avalanche are averaging 3.7 goals per game and are scoring on 32.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Nathan MacKinnon leads Colorado with 14 goals, Mikko Rantanen has 26 assists and Gabriel Landeskog has 62 shots on goal. Defensively, the Colorado Avalanche are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 80.5 percent of their opponents power plays. Semyon Varlamov has given up 33 goals on 441 shots faced and Philipp Grubauer has allowed 24 goals on 230 shots. The Colorado Avalanche have allowed three or less goals in their last five games.
The Arizona Coyotes could use a win here after losing six of their last eight games. The Arizona Coyotes are averaging 2.5 goals per game and are scoring on 15.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Brad Richardson leads Arizona with six goals, Oliver Ekman-Larsson has 10 assists and Clayton Keller has 44 shots on goal. Defensively, the Arizona Coyotes are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 91.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Antti Raanta has given up 19 goals on 266 shots faced and Darcy Kuemper has allowed 29 goals on 338 shots. The Arizona Coyotes have allowed three or more goals in six of their last nine games.
The Avalanche are 16-35 in their last 51 vs. Pacific, 24-57 in their last 81 road games and 4-1 in their last 5 overall. The Coyotes are 5-1 in their last 6 Friday games, 32-65 in their last 97 vs. Western Conference and 2-6 in their last 8 overall. The Avalanche are 6-2 in the last 8 meetings in Arizona. The under is 5-1 in Coyotes last 6 overall. The over is 5-1 in Avalanche last 6 road games.
The Arizona Coyotes are a scrappy young bunch that has been on the end of some tough losses, but they're losing nonetheless. The Colorado Avalanche have put together some nice hockey over the last week and have improved on the defensive end recently. Based on the current form, I have to side with the road team and the reasonable, cheap price.