Arizona Coyotes vs Colorado Avalanche Predictions, Game 1 Picks, Betting Tips 8/12/2020
Game: Arizona Coyotes vs Colorado Avalanche
Date: Wednesday, August 12, 2020
Location: Rogers Place in Edmonton, AB
Odds/Point Spread: Coyotes (+158) Avalanche (-172)
Darcy Kuemper and the Arizona Coyotes are headed to Rogers Place on Wednesday where they'll meet the Colorado Avalanche in Game 1 of their series. The Avalanche open this contest at -172 while the Coyotes are coming in at +158. The O/U opens at 5.5. The Coyotes cover 43.1% of the time, having gone 28-37 SU. The Avalanche cover 59.4% of the time, going 41-28 straight up.
The Arizona Coyotes come into the game with a record of 33 victories and 29 defeats, putting them at 5th in the Pacific Division. So far this season, they have converted a total of 190 goals which ranks 11th in the West and 23rd in the NHL. Their goal differential is +7, putting them at 15th in the NHL. The Coyotes currently have a total of 74 points, which ranks 22nd in the NHL and 11th in the conference. In discussing shots toward the net, they currently have a total of 2,220 which ranks 7th in the conference and 13th in the NHL. As a unit, Arizona has compiled a total of 1,317 hits which has them averaging 18.8 per contest. They currently have a total of 850 blocks for the year. The man protecting the goal for Arizona is Darcy Kuemper from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. He is 29 years old and has played 1,753 mins protecting the net for the season. Kuemper is giving up 2.22 GAA which has him ranked 2nd among Western Conference goalies and 4th in the NHL among goaltenders. Over the course of this season, he has given up 65 goals. His save % is .928 which has him ranked 2nd among Western Conference goalies.
The Coyotes had a good night with a 4 - 3 win against the Predators in their last game. The Coyotes had a good offensive performance in the victory. For the game, they converted 4 of the 34 shots they tried. Moreover, they had 1 power play chance but weren't able to net one. Arizona racked up a total of 8 penalty minutes in this game. The Corsi for the Coyotes was 60 and the Corsi against was 78 which means they earned a Corsi percentage of 43.5%. Their Fenwick sat at 40 and the Fenwick against sat at 61, which means they had a Fenwick percentage of 39.6%. They earned 23 face-off wins and were beaten on 30 tries to control the puck. Their starts in the offensive zone were rated at 63.6% and they had a PDO at even strength of 109.1 in this one. Concerning opponent stats, the Nashville Predators earned a total of 52 shots. They ended the game with 2 minutes in the box and they tallied 4 power play opportunities.
The Avalanche are the team looking to add points to their total and for the campaign they sit with 42 victories and 20 losses. Regarding goal differential, they currently sit 1st in the West and 3rd in the league with +46. They have compiled a total of 236 goals for the year which has them ranked at 1st in the Western Conference. Colorado has a save percentage as a team of .913 which currently has them ranked 6th in the league, meaning chances to score may be limited. They have a team shooting percentage of 10.5% which puts them at 3rd in the Western Conference. In net for Colorado is Philipp Grubauer who is having an average year by surrendering 2.63 goals per contest and that has him 9th among Western Conference goalies and 20th among goalies in the NHL. In the 2,057 mins he's been on the ice this year, he has surrendered 90 goals. He has a save % of .916, which ranks him 14th among Western Conference goalies and 21st among goalies in the NHL.
The Avalanche played the Golden Knights in a game where the Avalanche ended up losing by a final score of 4 - 3. For this game, Colorado wound up with a 54.9% Corsi rating. They got to that percentage by earning a Corsi of 45 while they gave up a Corsi of 37. Their Fenwick percentage was 48.3% with a Fenwick of 29 and the Golden Knights ending the game with a 31 Fenwick at even strength. This Corsi rating tells us the kind of game Colorado played and it shows us they played like an average team. They had a PDO at even strength of 94.4 and their oZS percentage was 50.3%. The Avalanche scored 3 goals of the 35 shots on goal they took. They had 6 power play chances in this one and netted 1 out of those chances. On the other side of the ice, the Golden Knights had 4 power play opportunities and were able to tally 1 goal. Colorado gave way to 26 shots on goal and the Golden Knights racked up 14 minutes in the box.
Who will win tonight's NHL game ATS?
Josh's Pick: Take Colorado (-172)
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