The NHL is back in action as the Arizona Coyotes will clash with the Colorado Avalanche. This is game five of a best-of-seven series between these teams, with the Avs holding a commanding 3-1 series lead. Therefore, the Coyotes need to win this game to get back into the series.
Arizona Coyotes Form
The Coyotes are a team that needs to win this game. If they don’t, then they will be out of these playoffs, it is simple as that. They played well in the qualifying round as they eliminated the always consistent Nashville Predators. However, they will need to improve their offence and their game on the blue line as they conceded 7 goals and scored only one in their last defeat against Colorado. Scoring their lone goal was Jakob Chychrun, which was his first of the postseason.
On the offensive side of the game, the Coyotes score an average of 2.71 goals per game. And that is the 23rd scoring record in the NHL. Also, they are 18th in powerplay conversions at 19.2%. On the defensive end of the ice, they were 3rd in goals allowed at 2.61 goals per game during the regular part of the season.
Colorado Avalanche Form
The Avalanche is one of the better teams this season in the NHL. And while they missed the number one seed in the Western Conference, they still showed their quality in the series. However, there is not at their best they have an average of 2.83 goals during their last six games. Yet, they showed some signs of improvement as they scored 7 goals in their last game against the Coyotes. Scoring in the win was Matt Nieto, which was his 1st of the postseason, Nazem Kadri, Joonas Donskoi, Cal Makar, Matt Calvert, and Mikko Rantanen. Their recent record stands at 14-5 in their last 19 NHL games.
On the offensive side of the game, the Avalanche score an average of 3.37 goals per game which is the 4th offensive record in the NHL. They are also,19th in powerplay conversions at 19.1%. On the defensive end of the ice, they finished at 6th in goals allowed at 2.71 goals per game.
I will take Colorado in this one. They have been great this season and it seems that their offensive game is back on track as they scored in their last game. On the other side, the Coyotes are having issues with their top line and the game on the blue line has not been good enough lately. Therefore, I expect a win for the Avalanche in this one.
My Free Pick & Prediction for Arizona Coyotes vs. Colorado Avalanche 08/19/2020 is: take the Colorado Avalanche (Moneyline)
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