Tonight will mark the first game of a back-to-back, home-and-home set between two teams on the complete opposite trajectories.
The Arizona Coyotes will look to ruin Colorado’s evening by visiting the Pepsi Center in Denver and trying to come out victorious.
Arizona managed to win their last game versus the Toronto Maple Leafs, and have actually won two of their last three games for the first time in quite a while.
For Colorado, they are coming off of a disappointing loss to Nashville and will look to avenge that outcome tonight at home.
Will the Coyotes maintain their decent play as of late, or will Colorado get the expected outcome?
Arizona Coyotes Betting Preview: Momentum Ahead?
Wednesday night saw the Coyotes put on a defensive and goaltending masterpiece, as they were able to hold one of the top scoring teams in the NHL, the Toronto Maple Leafs, to just one goal.
Karel Vejmelka was absolutely stellar, saving 45 shots on the way to his fourth victory of the season, bringing his record to 4-13-1 with a goals against average of 3.17 and a .910 save percentage.
Wednesday was a rare sight for the Coyotes, as typically they surrender the most goals per game at a clip of 3.71 per contest. They don’t manage to keep up well on the offensive end either, scoring 2.18 goals per contest, second worst in the NHL.
Ryan Dzingel scored both goals for the Coyotes on Wednesday which was a pretty sight after he has been out for seven games with an upper body injury.
Based on his performance on Wednesday, Vejmelka is likely to get the start again tonight, unless they plan to save him for tomorrow’s half of the back-to-back.
Colorado Avalanche Betting Preview: Solid Play All Around
The Avalanche suffered their first loss in six games, but managed to extend their point streak to six games as they lost 5-4 in overtime.
While their five game winning streak did end Tuesday night, there is one thing that is clear. Colorado is one of the best teams in the NHL.
They have won 10 of their last 12 games, and have tallied a point in 11 of them. If it wasn’t for the fact that they have played a few games less than the other top teams in the NHL, they would likely be leading the league in points.
The method to Colorado’s success is simple. They score at a ridiculous clip of 4.30 goals per game, leading the league, and counteracting the fact that they give up the 11th most goals per game at 3.30 per game.
Goaltending has been a bit of an issue since the departure of Philipp Grubauer to free agency, but Darcy Kuemper has been able to hold down the fort.
The coaching staff has yet to decide between Kuemper or Pavel Francouz for tonight's contest in net.
Francouz is 2-1-0 on the year with a 2.91 GAA and a .899 save percentage. Kuemper has played the majority of the Avalanche’s games, leading to a 16-5-1 record, a 2.86 GAA and a .905 save percentage.
Coyotes vs Avalanche Betting Odds
At home, Colorado is an astounding -625 favorites on the moneyline on MyBookie.
Arizona is a huge underdog at +425 on the road according to MyBookie.
With the inflated moneyline odds, the spreads for both teams look enticing. The Colorado puckline is listed at -205 and the Arizona puck line is at +170.
The over/under total for this contest comes in at 6.5 on MyBookie with slightly favored odds for the over.
Free Betting Pick
With both the moneyline and the puck line odds for Colorado being a bit out of hand, the best value comes on the total and betting the over.
Colorado as previously mentioned is the highest scoring team in the league, and Arizona is by far the worst defensive team in the league, allowing the most goals.
While Karol Vejmelka tends to stand on his head sometimes, the Avalanche will get plenty of scoring chances, and will likely capitalize on them.
Colorado could cover this total by themselves if the game goes their way.
Spooky Express Free Pick: Over 6.5 (-130)
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