Another divisional rivalry game will be played in the NHL on Saturday, March 11, and here you can check out the best Coyotes vs. Avalanche betting pick and odds.
Arizona is looking for the third win in a row when they visit Colorado at Ball Arena. The Avalanche are massive -500 moneyline favorites on BookMaker Sportsbook, while the total is set at 6.5 goals. These Central Division rivals will meet for the second time this season; the Coyotes won 6-3 in Arizona.
Coyotes displayed a strong showing over the last two games
The Arizona Coyotes (23-32-7-3, 35-30 ATS) responded to a three-game losing run with a pair of victories over the St. Louis Blues and Nashville Predators. The Coyotes opened their four-game homestay with a couple of losses but bounced back and allowed just three goals against the Blues and Preds. Arizona will now travel to Colorado to face the Avalanche, after which they will come back home for another four-game stay. The Coyotes are 13th in the Western Conference with 56 points, 20 behind the Avs.
Arizona displayed one of the best defensive performances of the campaign in a 4-1 win over the Predators. Ivan Prosvetov was impressive in his first start of the season and recorded 39 saves, while on offense, Clayton Keller was the first star with a couple of assists. When it comes to offense and point production this year, Keller is the only Coyote among the top 100 players in the NHL with 65 points (G 26, A 39).
Karel Vejmelka (17-19-5) is expected to return between the pipes against Colorado on Saturday. The 26-year-old is allowing 3.36 goals per game this season with a .904 SV% and three shutouts.
LW Andrew Ladd (knee) and RW Jakub Voracek (concussion) are out indefinitely and will not meet the Avalanche on Saturday.
Avalanche returned to losing ways
The Colorado Avalanche (35-22-3-3, 32-31 ATS) managed to snap a three-game losing skid with a big 6-0 home victory over the San Jose Sharks but returned to losing ways in the very next game. The Avalanche suffered a 5-2 home defeat to the Los Angeles Kings and now will be hoping to conclude their four-game home stand with a win against Arizona. At the moment, Colorado is sitting in 7th place in the Western Conference with 76 points, eight behind the leaders Vegas and Los Angeles.
Evan Rodrigues and Nathan MacKinnon scored goals for the Avalanche in a 5-2 loss to the Kings, in a game that was well-controlled by the visitors. Colorado was never up; the Avs cut the deficit to 2-1 and 3-2, and that was all they did as the Kings scored a pair of goals in the third period to seal the deal. This year, MacKinnon leads the Avalanche in points with 77 (G 27, A 50) and Mikko Rantanen is right behind with 74 points (G 42, A 32).
Alexandar Georgiev (27-14-5) is going to take his place in the cage against Arizona on Saturday. The 27-year-old is conceding 2.64 goals per contest this season with a .919 SV% and four shutouts.
LW Darren Helm (lower body), D Erik Johnson (ankle), LW Gabriel Landeskog (lower body), and G Pavel Francouz (lower body) are out indefinitely and will not face the Coyotes on Saturday.
- 14-37 in the last 51 road games
- 16-36 in the last 52 games following a win
- 6-20 in the last 26 when their opponent allows five goals or more in their previous game
- 54-17 in the last 71 after scoring two goals or less in their previous game
- 20-8 in the last 28 vs. Central Division rivals
Arizona Coyotes vs. Colorado Avalanche Pick
I was shocked by a 6-3 result for Arizona in an H2H tilt earlier this season, and that’s why I am more than certain they will get revenge for that loss. Colorado showed its class against San Jose, and I expect to see more of the same from the Avs on Saturday after losing to the Kings in the most recent game. The Avalanche have a top-10 defense in the NHL that allows 2.79 goals per game opposite Arizona’s 3.49 goals per contest. Although their offense is not playing on the same level as the last year, the Avalanche still have a more potent offense than the Coyotes. I am backing them to show it on Saturday.
Pick: Take the Avalanche at -2.5 Puck Line (+113)
Colorado scored six against the Sharks a couple of games ago, and I think the visitors can go 5+ in this one as well. Arizona did allow only three goals in the last two games, but that was at home, while on the road, the Coyotes’ defense has been quite porous. They allowed 4+ in four of the last five games on the road. Over is 3-1-1 in the Coyotes’ last five overall; Over is 4-1 in Arizona’s previous five vs. a team with a winning record, while Over is 4-1-1 in the Coyotes’ last six when their opponent scores two goals or less in their previous game.
Pick: Go Over 6.5 goals (-110)