Arizona Coyotes (8-25-5) at Colorado Avalanche (17-15-3)
|Date & Time||Wednesday December 27, 2017, 9:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Colorado Avalanche -150 / Arizona Coyotes +130 --- Over/Under: 5.5
The Colorado Avalanche welcome the Arizona Coyotes to the Pepsi Center in an NHL matchup.
The Arizona Coyotes visit the Colorado Avalanche for the second end of a back to back matchup. Arizona and Colorado both were at the bottom of the NHL rankings a season ago and the Coyotes are again having a hard time while the Avalanche have shown marked improvement thus far.
Arizona is last in the Pacific at 8-25-5 with 2.2 goals scored and 3.2 goals allowed while the Avalanche are both scoring and giving up 3.2 goals for a 17-15-3 mark which is at the bottom of the Central yet still is a big improvement from a year ago.
Colorado entered the Christmas break by winning the first leg of the home and home series with a 6-2 decision at Arizona where an improved offense was overpowering while the defense contained a struggling Arizona attack. Derek Stepan was the Coyotes offense with a pair of shorthanded tallies with Antti Ranta allowing three goals on 19 shots before Scott Wedgewood coming on to stop 6-9 shots.
The Avalanche offense was explosive behind Carl Soderberg who scored two times while Sven Andrighetto, JT Compher and Nail Yakupov scored on the power play. Matt Nieto also lit the lamp for the Avalanche while Alexander Kerfoot added a pair of helpers to make a winner of Semyon Varlamov and his 32 saves.
Under is 2-0-2 in Coyotes last 4 in the second game of a home-and-home situation and under is 7-1 in Coyotes last 8 road games and under is 6-1 in Coyotes last 7 road games vs. a team with a winning home record. Over is 7-1-1 in Avalanche last 9 games playing on 3 or more days rest and Avalanche are 1-6 in their last 7 when their opponent allows 5 goals or more in their previous game and Avalanche are 4-22 in their last 26 vs. Pacific. Under is 10-4 in the last 14 meetings in Colorado.
It’s always tough to beat the same team twice but I think the Avalanche can get the job done…