The Arizona Coyotes (11-10-3) play the first of a two-game set on the road against the Colorado Avalanche (13-7-2) Monday with a 9 p.m. ET puck drop at Ball Arena. Below, we analyze the Coyotes-Avalanche odds and lines, with NHL picks and predictions.
Coyotes at Avalanche: Odds, spread and lines
- Money line: Coyotes +165 (bet $100 to win $165) | Avalanche -200 (bet $200 to win $100)
- Against the spread/ATS: Coyotes +1.5 (-175) | Avalanche -1.5 (+145)
- Over/Under: 5.5 (O: -105 | U: -115)
Coyotes at Avalanche: Projected starting goalies
Darcy Kuemper (7-7-2, 2.39 GAA, .915 SV%, 1 SO) vs. Philipp Grubauer (12-6-0, 2.06 GAA, .921 SV%, 3 SO)
Kuemper was sharp in Saturday’s start against Minnesota, stopping 32 of the 34 shots he faced to level his record at .500. He has allowed three or fewer goals in each of his past nine starts. This will be Kuemper’s first start against the Avalanche this season. He turned aside all 33 shots he faced in a 3-0 shutout against Colorado at Gila River Arena Nov. 2, 2019.
Grubauer had a couple of uneven results at the end of February, spilling over into March. He appeared to have righted the ship, however, blanking the Sharks in San Jose Wednesday and stopping 26 of 28 shots in a 3-2 overtime win against Anaheim on Friday at Ball Arena. He also allowed two goals on 25 shots in his only appearance against the Coyotes in a 6-2 win at Arizona Feb. 27.
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Coyotes at Avalanche: Odds, lines, predictions and picks
Avalanche 4, Coyotes 3
Money line (ML)
The Avalanche (-200) will cost you two times your potential return. That’s a little too rich for my blood for a team that is playing .500 hockey across the past eight outings, including a 1-3 mark across their past four at home. AVOID.
Against the spread (ATS)
The COYOTES +1.5 (-175) are 0-2 against the Avalanche so far this season, but they have rattled off four victories in a row on the road. While I don’t think they pull out another win, they should be able to keep it close, and Kuemper is playing well enough in the crease to help them do just that.
The OVER 5.5 (-105) is a nice play here as Arizona is allowing 3.0 goals per game. Meanwhile, Colorado is averaging 3.8 goals per game across the past five, too. The Over has cashed in four of the past five meetings in this series. In addition, the Over has connected in 12 of the past 17 for Arizona as an underdog, while going 6-2 in their past eight on the road. The Avs are playing their fourth game in six days, and the Over is 9-3 in their past 12 in a 4-in-6 days situation.
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