Colorado Avalanche at Arizona Coyotes - 3/3/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

Colorado Avalanche at Arizona Coyotes - 3/3/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Arizona Coyotes (14-35-4) vs Colorado Avalanche (40-10-4)

Game Info: Thursday, March 3, 2022 at 9:00 pm (Gila River Arena)

Betting Odds: Arizona Coyotes +500 / Colorado Avalanche -225 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Arizona Coyotes host the Colorado Avalanche in Thursday NHL Action.

The Colorado Avalanche come into this road contest with an overall record of 40-10-4. Through 54 games, the Avalanche are 1st in the Central Division. On the season, they have found the net 218 times, good for a rank of 1st among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Colorado is the 12th ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 2.81 goals per game. So far, the Avalanche have a strength of schedule rating of 32nd in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 3rd ranked team in the NHL.

The Arizona Coyotes get set to host the Colorado Avalanche with an overall record of 14-35-4. This mark places them 8th in the Central division. Through 53 games, the Coyotes have scored 122 goals, giving them an average of 2.28. This output gives them a rank of 32nd among NHL teams. On defense, Arizona is the 27th ranked unit, giving up 3.6 goals per contest. So far, the Coyotes have played the 3rd toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account Arizona's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 31st in the NHL.

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Coming into this game, the Colorado Avalanche leader in points is Nazem Kadri. In his team's 54 games, he has come up with 22 goals and 46 assists. He has scored his goals on a shooting percentage of 12.6%. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +23. The team's top overall goal scorer is Gabriel Landeskog. Of his 29 goals, 24.0% have come during power play time. Colorado's top goalie is Darcy Kuemper, who is giving up an average of 2.47 goals per game.In his 38 games played, he has turned in 22 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

Through 53 games, the Arizona Coyotes' goal and overall scoring leader is Clayton Keller, with 46 points. He has reached his mark of 21 goals, on a shooting percentage of 14.0%. So far, 14% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Phil Kessel, who has 27 assists to go along with his 6 goals. However, when on the ice the Coyotes are -14 in scoring differential. Arizona's top goalie is Scott Wedgewood, who is giving up an average of 3.05 goals per game. In his 22 games played, he has come up with a quality start just 47% percent of the time.

In Colorado's 54 games, they have an above .500 record against the spread, going 26-24. So far, the Avalanche have been a good bet on the road as they have covered in 13 of their 24 road games. On the season, the Colorado Avalanche have a per-game scoring differential of 1.2. Even when playing on the road, the team is winning games by an averge margin of 0.69 goals. Heading into their game with the Arizona Coyotes, the Avalanche have a 4-1 record over their past five contests. In these games, they have scored 20 goals, accounting for 57% of the overall scoring. A key to this recent success is the fact that they have outscored their usual output of 3.98 goals per game 3 times. Look for the Avalanche to take care of business vs an Arizona unit with an average scoring margin of -1.38 goals per game.

 

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