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Arizona Coyotes vs. Colorado Avalanche - 12/22/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Colorado Avalanche (19-11-6) at Arizona Coyotes (14-18-2)
Date & Time Saturday December 22, 2018, 7:00 PM (EST)
Location
The Line
The Line: Arizona Coyotes +108 / Colorado Avalanche -139 --- Over/Under: 6
TV Channel
FSAZ+, Alt2
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The Colorado Avalanche and Arizona Coyotes meet Saturday in NHL action at the Gila River Arena.

The Colorado Avalanche could use a win here after losing five of their last seven games. The Colorado Avalanche are averaging 3.5 goals per game and are scoring on 28.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Gabriel Landeskog leads Colorado with 23 goals, Mikko Rantanen has 42 assists and Nathan MacKinnon has 153 shots on goal. Defensively, the Colorado Avalanche are allowing three goals per game and are killing 77.2 percent of their opponents power plays. Semyon Varlamov has given up 61 goals on 704 shots faced and Philipp Grubauer has allowed 40 goals on 415 shots. The Colorado Avalanche have allowed four or more goals in six of their last nine games.

The Arizona Coyotes could use a feel good victory here after losing seven of their last eight games. The Arizona Coyotes are averaging 2.4 goals per game and are scoring on 16.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Clayton Keller leads Arizona with eight goals, Oliver Ekman-Larsson has 14 assists and Derek Stepan has 89 shots on goal. Defensively, the Arizona Coyotes are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 88.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Antti Raanta has given up 33 goals on 351 shots faced and Darcy Kuemper has allowed 41 goals on 457 shots. The Arizona Coyotes have allowed three or less goals in their last five games.

The Avalanche are 33-73 in their last 106 games playing on 0 days rest, 28-60 in their last 88 road games and 7-3 in their last 10 vs. Western Conference. The Coyotes are 10-26 in their last 36 Saturday games, 4-1 in their last 5 vs. Western Conference and 1-7 in their last 8 overall. The Avalanche are 7-2 in the last 9 meetings in Arizona. The under is 4-1 in Coyotes last 5 overall. The over is 6-2 in Avalanche last 8 overall.

We're getting plus money with a rested Arizona Coyotes club at home. The Colorado Avalanche have been a defensive mess the last couple of weeks and are coming off a brutal home loss last night to the Chicago Blackhawks. I'll continue to say that the Arizona Coyotes are better than their record indicates, and they should be able to win games like this with a rest advantage. I'll take the home team here given the favorable price.

Pick:
Arizona Coyotes +108

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