A domestic victory versus Toronto takes the Arizona Coyotes (8th in Central Division) to the first outing of their back-to-back, home-and-home set against the Colorado Avalanche (2nd in Central), who will host the Cats on the back of a road loss in Nashville.
‘Yotes Edge Out TorontoThe Arizona Coyotes (8-23-3) triumphed for the second time in their last three contests (2-1-0) after edging out the Toronto Maple Leafs with a count of 2-1 at Gila River Arena on Wednesday. After missing seven games with an upper-body injury, Ryan Dzingel (4 goals, 6 points this year) returned with a two-goal performance, opening the scoring with five minutes left in the first period before breaking a 1-1 tie at 12:42 of the final third. Arizona, which was without its head coach Andre Tourigny, two of his assistants and five players due to COVID-19, were outshot 46-18.
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Goalie Karel Vejmelka stopped 45 shots on Wednesday to go 4-13-1 for the ongoing campaign with a 3.17 GAA and a .910 save percentage. He has never faced the Colorado Avalanche before, but is 2-4-0 against teams from the Central Conference overall with a 3.35 GAA and a .908 save percentage. The Coyotes, meanwhile, are netting the 2nd lowest quantity of goals per game this season (2.18), while conceding the absolute highest amount in their defensive zone (3.71). They are sitting 2nd from the bottom in power play with a 14.4% success rate and are 4th worst in penalty kill with 72.7% effectiveness.
Avs Drop OT In NashvilleA five-game winning streak came to an end for the Colorado Avalanche (22-8-3), who still extended their point streak to six outings (5-0-1) following a 5-4 overtime defeat to the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena on Tuesday. Nicolas Aube-Kubel (5 goals, 12 points this year), Andre Burakovsky (13 goals, 27 points), Nathan MacKinnon (6 goals, 35 points) and Cale Makar (16 goals, 34 points) all lit the lamp for the Avs, who tied the game on three separate occasions after trailing 2-0, 3-2 and 4-3, but conceded the eventual winner during power play three minutes into the extra session. Colorado is 10-1-1 in its last 12 contests.
Goalie Darcy Kuemper turned aside 27 shots on Tuesday and has now gone 16-5-1 for the current season with a 2.86 GAA and a .905 save percentage. He has registered a 4-0-2 career total versus Arizona with a 1.16 GAA and a .955 save percentage, while Pavel Francouz (2-1-0 on the year with a 2.91 GAA and a .899 save percentage) is 1-2-0 against the Coyotes previously with a 2.36 GAA and a .930 save percentage. The Avalanche are top of the league in most goals scored per game this season (4.30), 11th in most goals allowed on average (3.30), 7th in power play (24.2%) and 3rd from the bottom in penalty kill (72.0%).
Best Bets for this Game
Full-Game Side Bet
It is quite difficult not to back the Avalanche when they are playing on own ice at the moment, with the team currently riding a franchise-high 12-game home winning streak, having triumphed by a margin of at least two strikes in nine of those contests. The Coyotes, who have managed to bank just one victory in their last 10 road fixtures versus Colorado, have picked up a 3-2-1 record in their most recent six overall matchups, but have hardly dominated the proceedings, being outshot in each of those three victories, with the shot differential in their very last win against the Toronto Maple Leafs proving to be the most dramatic (46-18). Crucially, they have been defeated by more than one strike in seven of their last nine setbacks, with six of their previous eight defeats to the Avalanche all coming with a gap of at least two markers as well.
Full-Game Total Pick
The very last four meetings between the two sides have all gone past the set goal-mark, averaging no less than eight snipes per encounter. So, do bank on their upcoming head-to-head clash on Friday to deliver another heavy portion of goals! When playing straight after a victory, the Coyotes have already gone over the total on 13 of the last 16 occasions, with 11 of their most recent 16 outings after conceding no more than two markers in the prior fixture all also turning into high-scoring affairs. The previous five overall contests of the Avalanche, meanwhile, have all witnessed at least seven tallies on the scoresheet, averaging no less than eight strikes per fixture.